Cyclists riding for hunger are rolling into Imperial Tuesday
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
On June 30 about 164 bicyclists and support staff will hit Imperial as part of the NUMB (Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger).
The bikers will ride a 245 mile circuit June 27 to July 1 from Ogallala to Sidney to Haxtun, Colo. to Imperial and back to Ogallala.
This is the 20th year for the event, but the first for Imperial. The ride is being called the “Boomerang Down Under Tour” for several reasons. One is that in the history of the ride, only two towns have ever repeated as hosts, and Ogallala is one of them.
The other is that Sidney (not the Sydney of Australia) is on the route.
Riders are raising money for hunger by motivating donors to contribute to alleviate hunger throughout the world.
Projects include food banks in Lincoln and Omaha, Heifer International, Bread for the World and the United Methodist Committee of Relief: Africa University Agriculture Program, according to Regina Bergman of NUMB.
Arrival times in Imperial will vary throughout the afternoon of June 30. The group will be fed dinner at the Imperial United Methodist Church, and breakfast on July 1.
They will be on their own for lunches at Imperial businesses.
NUMB participants will be camped at Chase County School, the school’s football field and at the Methodist Church.
“It’s looking like it’s going to be hot, thus our riders will probably be searching out shade and/or air conditioning after a hot day of riding,” according to Bergman.
A talent show will be held by the riders and any local talent that wants to participate the evening of June 30 at the Methodist Church.
More information may be obtained by contacting the church at 308-882-5127 or Amy Prior at 308-883-3948.