To the Editor:
You know you have die-hard bikers and Special Olympic supporters when they are willing to ride 150 miles in the rain. Plenty traded of the two wheels for something enclosed part way through and others opted for them from the beginning. Still, it was an enjoyable day for the Benefit Ride for Special Olympics and the money raised was for a good cause.
Businesses from Hamilton, Wright and Hardin counties joined in with serving our participants and donating prizes for their efforts. Partying in Kamrar went from the streets to the Lions Building, and we thank them for donating the cover as the rain picked up after all arrived, but quit when time to go home.
We have five Cyclone basketball players assisting us with drawing names and posed for pictures with the riders. Our DJ Kenny and wife Brandie let us enjoy some good background music and our committee members stepped up to fill extra roles as we moved indoors.
Denny and LuAnn Jackson would like to extend a huge thank you to all who helped, rode, drove and donated this year to make it a spectacular one for our athletes.
We would like to add that on Sept. 19, Jessi Reding and Ashley Jackson are going Over the Edge for Special Olympics when they rappel the financial building in downtown Des Moines. The building is 27 stories high and as some comment, "Only as high as a block is long." Let me tell you from experience that from that height, the block is a bit longer vertical than it is horizontal.
Denny and LuAnn