August 21, 2017

1,000+ riders for Chainbreaker

Thank you to everyone who participated in Chainbreaker, held August 11 to 13, as a rider, volunteer, donor, or cheerleader! One hundred percent of rider-raised dollars will support the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

A pre-ride rally Friday night at Blue Cross Blue Shield launched the event, with great food, music, and camaraderie.

Then, at first light Saturday morning, more than 1,000 riders hit the road, ready to cover 25, 50, or 100 miles on Saturday—or, for the very courageous, 180 miles over two days!

Some fun facts about Chainbreaker:

  • 1,021 riders and 400 volunteers participated.
  • $1.2 million dollars have been committed so far, with donations coming in until October.
  • The first person to register and the oldest rider was U of M Foundation Trustee Emeritus Larry Laukka.
  • The top two fundraisers each brought in $11,000. One of them was Team Sarcoma’s Tom Boardman, who is the grandfather of a sarcoma survivor.
  • The youngest riders were three 14-year-olds—Charlie, Meara, and Stephen—who collectively raised $3,000.


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