On a cool crisp April day, a group of cyclists set out to complete what I first attempted three months ago – a century ride around legendary Lake Alice. However, the end result was very different this time around.
We had more than 70 riders complete more than 2100 laps on Saturday, exceeding all expectations for the first-ever Lake Alice 100! Records were broken, dreams were fulfulled, and we had a great time to boot! Our youngest riders were ages 3 and 4 (2 laps each!), and we watched two cousins, ages 10 & 12 each complete more than FIFTY MILES in 44 laps! We had 10 riders who completed the 100 mile challenge (those that were Affinity Plus members EACH raised $174 in support of the Dream Big Scholarship). It was very exciting for me to be able to provide a check from Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union to the Fergus Falls Area College Foundation for $1470.50 this morning. This check, in conjunction with the money that was contributed to the tip jar at the event, raised almost $1600 IN ONE DAY in support of the Dream Big Scholarship. Thank you, thank you, thank you to every person who showed up to ride, volunteer, or cheer us on. Saturday was a GREAT day in Fergus Falls – Nick Mariotti Affinity Plus Credit Union
I want to extend my sincerest thanks to Katie Johnson, Kathy Lehn, and the entire staff of Lake Region Healthcare for allowing me to bike in the cafeteria while sharing the vision and heart behind the Dream Big Tour. Thanks to everyone who took interest in my personal dream as well as the collective dream of establishing the Dream Big Scholarship. I’m overwhelmed by the level of encouragement and support I’ve received, and I feel blessed to be a part of this community.