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Wellness Center fund-raising for indoor bikes

The Wellness Center is raising money to buy indoor cycling bikes.

Wellness Center coordinator Beth Ivey said $8,000 is needed for 10 bikes.

If $4,000 can be raised through community donations, Gothenburg Memorial Hospital will contribute the other half which is $4,000.

If 10 bikes are bought, Ivey said she’d like to put one in the general workout area and use nine for a cycling class in a room used for exercise classes.

“The idea is to offer a general cycling class and a class for seniors,” she said, noting that cycling is not only for younger people. “It’s low impact and you don’t have to worry about weather, traffic or falls.”

Cycling is also beneficial for people with high blood pressure and diabetes, Ivey said.

“And it’s a fun cardiovascular workout,” she said.

Ivey added that cycling also offers a different alternative to the same cardiovascular workout on treadmill and elliptical machines.

“And you’re in class with a sense of camaraderie and music,” said Ivey, who will teach the class.

Ivey said she hopes the bikes can be bought and in use by this fall.

The first fund-raiser is Friday, from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m., at the Wellness Center.

There, gumbo soup and/or chili dogs will be served along with drinks and dessert.

A freewill offering will be taken.

A Pony Express Road Race is set for Saturday, Aug. 23, that starts from the roping grounds.

The event revolves around the organization of teams that run various distances that add up to eight miles.

For example, two teammates can each run four miles or four participants on a team can each run two miles or the race can be run individually.

The adult race will start at 7 a.m. and a kids relay race, for children aged 8 to 12 around Lake Helen, will start at 9 a.m. at the picnic shelter near the entrance.

Registration for the kids race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Pre-registration for both races is encouraged by Thursday, Aug. 21.

Packet pickup starts at 6:15 a.m. the day of the race at the roping grounds. Non-pre-registrations for the adult race will be accepted until 6:30 a.m.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Wellness Center or by contacting Lynnette Stevens at 402-615-4096 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The cost for each team is $40. Indiviual runners will be charged the same amount.

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