SCC Press Release

SCC’s Fifth Annual Dan Ring Memorial Bike Ride Set for Saturday, September 14

The Fifth Annual Dan Ring Memorial Bike Ride will take place on September 14, 2013, 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, an extended 50-mile ride, and a 3-mile fun walk. The activities 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” at some point during their first semester.

Event organizing committee member Pam Peterson says that last year’s ride raised over $2500.

“We had approximately 40 riders last year.  In honor of the 5th anniversary of the event, we plan to add a few surprises this year, says Peterson.

Peterson adds that many riders register on the morning of the event so the committee orders plenty of extra shirts in anticipation of the numbers.  Pre-registering is the only way to guarantee a shirt. 

“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, La Tavola Italian Eatery, Maid Rite, and Standard of Beaverdale.  Hy-Vee and Snyder Lance have been graciously providing fruit and cookies for the riders to snack on before and after the ride.

Registration forms are available at most participating sponsors, the SCC West Burlington campus Welcome Center, and on the SCC website.

For more information about the Dan Ring Memorial Bike Ride, contact Pam Peterson at (319) 208-5185 or

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