Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2005

Bike run raises funds for charity

Prison employees, others take motorcycles on 100-mile ride through area

June 16, 2005

Lansing Correctional Facility's wellness committee and the March of Dimes are the beneficiaries of the first Prison City Bike Run fund-raiser.

Heather Seute, a member of the wellness committee and senior administrative assistant at the prison, said the June 4 ride was the idea of Bill Bayles, a corrections officer.

The event included a 100-mile motorcycle ride from the prison through Atchison and Winchester, ending back at the prison. The ride began about 10 a.m. and ended about 12:30 p.m., Seute said.

Afterward, participants displayed their motorcycles and ate barbecue while two bands played, she said.

Participants voted on the bikes displayed. First-place winners in each category were Morrie Hanson in antiques, Bruce Hollister in foreign stock and art, and Jo Clarke in both custom and people's choice. Each winner received a plaque.

Seute said the event drew 12 participants, mostly employees of the prison, and raised $318. She said half of the money would go to the March of Dimes, a national organization dedicated to preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. The other half will go to the wellness committee at the prison, which organizes events like the bike run and picnics to promote the physical and mental well-being of prison employees, Seute said.

"It was just a blast," Seute said. "Everyone had a great time, regardless of the turnout."

Seute said she hoped to have the bike run again in future years.

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