The Fourth Annual Dan Ring Memorial Bike Ride will take place on September 22, 2012, at Southeastern Community College’s West Burlington campus. Funds raised from the event will support the Daniel Anders Ring Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship. The ride will follow the Burlington area bike route (approximately 15 miles). There will also be a 3-mile kids’ ride and an extended 50-mile ride. New this year is a 3-mile fun walk. The rides and begin at 9:00 am with registration beginning at 8:30 am. Registration is $20.
Dan Ring was an instructor at SCC, teaching Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology for 16 years. He was an avid bicyclist. He rode his bike out of concern for the environment and for personal fitness. He rode his bike every single day logging 5000, 6000, even 7000 miles every year. Dan was instrumental in creating the bicycle route through the Burlington area.
Dan passed away on November 24, 2008 at the age of 65 of a heart arrhythmia while riding his bike home from SCC.
The Daniel Anders Ring Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship is for first-year Nursing students enrolled in the second semester of the Summer Start or Evening & Weekend Nursing Programs. It is not intended for academic achievers with a history of success. It is for students who initially struggled and later “caught fire” some time during their first semester.
Event organizing committee member Pam Peterson says that last year’s ride raised over $2600.
“We had around 50 bikers last year and everybody had a really good time even though we had rain,” says Peterson. “We’re hoping for a dry day this year.”
Peterson adds that many riders register on the morning of the event and so the committee always has plenty of extra shirts.
“People are extremely generous and some just stop out and donate. Dan Ring was and is truly loved and missed,” adds Peterson.
The event is sponsored by Southeastern Community College, SCC Student Board, Great River Medical Center, Bike Burlington, Bickel’s Cycle & Fitness, Christ Episcopal Church, Burlington Boy Scout Troop 40, La Tavola Italian Eatery, Maid Rite, and Standard of Beaverdale. This year’s shirt was designed by SCC graphic Communications Student, Jamie Gerleman.
For more information about the Dan Ring Memorial Bike Ride, contact Pam Peterson at 319-208-5185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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