5th Annual Bike for the Honor Flight a Huge Success

Hundreds are having a fun time honoring those who served our country. For the 5th year in a row the annual Bike for the Honor Flight seems to be growing in popularity.

Event organizers say they had close to 150 riders sign up for the 50 mile, the 20 mile and the seven mile ride. And even though this year's event was moved from Wisconsin Rapids to Weston, organizers predict a higher number in donations than last year.

Event organizer, Mike Schlichte, says people just keep coming back because they love supporting a good cause.

"That's what this is all about," said Schlichte, "It's to honor our veterans, and thank them for the services that they gave to our country."

Mike Ekern is recovering from heart surgery and a mild stroke. He and his wife are new to biking, but say it's a good form of therapy. The two planed to ride the 20 mile race, but changed their minds at the last minute and decided to take it easy.

"We did 25 miles in Eagle River here about a couple weekends ago," said Ekern, "I felt a little tweng in the old knee, and my knee has a tendency to bother me. So we decided to go for the easy one today, and just get out and bike a little bit."

In the first four years, this event has raised over $100,000 for the Honor Flight. To register for next year's ride, visit www.neverforgottenhonorflight.org or email schlichtem@firstweber.com.


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