By Sigrid Olson

Go ride a bike


November 28, 2019

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

More than $7,000 was raised by Potomac School students who rode a combined 1,028 miles. The students collected pledges a few weeks before the event on Oct. 16 and all money was due in November.

POTOMAC - Around the school block and past the horse and cattle pastures Potomac School students rode skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, scooters, a pogo stick, walked, ran and hopped their way through the annual Bike-a-thon fundraiser Oct. 16.

For more than five years, Free Cycles of Missoula once again made their way to Potomac for the annual Bike-a-thon. Director Bob Giordano brought staff with him to assist and cheer on the student bikers. His professional work area is usually busy during the event with bikes that need tweaking including tires, chains and handle bar assistance.

This was the first year for Free Cycle helper Natalie Stockman and she loved it. Stockman said it was a good event and good for the kids to be out using their bikes. "I also loved being in the pit crew," she said with a smile.

About a month beforehand, Bike-a-thon participants ask for sponsors to donate money for them to ride around the Potomac School block - three laps equals one mile. When the day arrives, bikes can be seen lining the balloon decorated fences. This year one student counted 65 balloons. Staff get into it by walking the loop, guarding the road corners for traffic, tallying punch cards and dressing up.


The event began at 9 a.m. and by 10 a.m. the miles were already being racked up. After 1,208 total miles ridden, $7418.36 was raised to support various school projects and functions.

2019 Bike-a-thon stats:

Most Miles Ridden: Corbin Weltzein & Ethan Preston - 47 miles each

Most Money Collected: Tanner Davis & Easton Davis - $725 each; Corbin Weltzein - $674; Emily Curtis - $501 and Levi Brown - $ 383

Money raised per class, including some late funds:

Kindergarten - $774.50

First - $286

Second - $536

Third - $901.50

Fourth – 468.50

Fifth - $246

Sixth - $570.81

Seventh - $2,597.05

Eighth - $214

Office staff - $222.50

Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

Free Cycle director Bob Giordano working on bikes during the Potomac School annual Bike-a-thon Oct 16.


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