Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tub Run Rolls Through Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis., May 27, 2011— Over 1500 motorcyclists are expected to join together June 18 at Kutter Harley-Davidson, 3223 N. Pontiac Drive, for the 90-mile Tub Run ride benefiting local Muscular Dystrophy Association clients. 

For 17 years, the South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group and Muscular Dystrophy Association have teamed up to create a memorable experience for both the participants and clients fighting neuromuscular disease.

“The best part of the whole weekend is seeing the smiles on the faces of the individuals and families affected by these terrible diseases.” Dave Alwin, South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group member said. “Because of those smiles, we do what we do.”

Festivities begin Friday, June 17 at Kutter Harley-Davidson with a $15 Poker Run at 3 p.m., and continue at Thresherman’s Park, Hwy 51 North, with a pork barbeque, live music by the Back Alley Band and free overnight camping. The last bikes are allowed in at 9 p.m..

The Tub Run departs from Kutter Harley-Davidson at 12 p.m. sharp Saturday, June 18. Post-ride entertainment includes live music, bike games, silent auction and a steak dinner at Thresherman’s Park.

Registration is $25 per rider Friday, June 17 from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday, June 18 from 9-11 a.m.. All proceeds benefit local MDA clients. However, riders can waive the registration fee and become “Pledge Riders.” Riders who raise more than $100 receive a 2011 MDA Tub Run Pin, T-shirt and Steak Dinner at Thresherman’s Park. For every $100 raised, riders will be entered into a raffle to win a 2011 Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster. 

Pledge Riders who raise over $1000 have the unique opportunity to support local ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) patient, Cal Niemeier. Niemeier, who was diagnosed with ALS last year, is a longtime supporter of the Tub Run. Since its inception, he lead the Tub Run, carrying the American flag on his motorcycle. “Cal’s Pals,” Pledge Riders who raise more than $1000, will receive a commemorative red hat similar Niemeier’s and lead the race with Niemeier.

The top overall pledge rider will win a four-day trip for two to Las Vegas to see the MDA Telethon.

Participants can sign up to become a pledge rider at http://www.joinmda.org/tubrun2011
The MDA Tub Run is the second largest MDA motorcycle ride in the country. With the help of dedicated volunteers and participants, the ride has raised over $1.6 million for local MDA clients.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. 

To volunteer or for more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (608) 222-3269. For more information about the Tub Run, visit  http://mdatubrun.jvlnet.com/.

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