“The ride will be starting at the Wetaskiwin Fire Hall (5940 – 40 Avenue) on Highway 13 again this year”, stated Kathy Lund, widow of Al Lund and Chair of the Wetaskiwin Museum Board.
“The riders and spectators will meet at the Fire Hall from 9 am to 10:30 am for registration and a pre-ride pancake breakfast. The ride will begin at 11:00 am heading up a unique route beginning on highway 814, 616 to Mulhurst, north on 780 to Thorsby, West to highway 22 and south to highway 13 and finally east to the Village at Pigeon Lake where the ride ends with a BBQ lunch sponsored by the Village and the awarding of prizes.”
Al Lund owned motorbikes from an early age and passed his love of riding on to his wife and children. Al Lund passed away unexpectedly in 2012 but his friendship and love will be remembered by all who knew him. In memory of Al, his friends and family will be hosting the 2nd annual memorial bike ride in his honour on September 14th, 2014 with the proceeds going to the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum.
Al’s widow, Kathy, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum is pleased the funds raised from the ride have been designated to the Museum. “My family has a long history with the Museum, dating back to when my parents were involved and my mother, Virginia Sherburne, was the Secretary with the original museum in the old building. I think the bike ride will create interest in the Museum. Last year 60 bikes and 90 riders raised $7,000 for the Museum. This is a major fundraiser for us.”
Participants can register and obtain their pledge sheets online – http://lundmemorialride.com/2014-rideinformation.
Each single rider registration fee is $30 and each double rider registration is $50. The registration includes breakfast and an individual entry into the scrabble run. For each rider that raises $100, (pledges) their registration fee is waived. Tax receipts will be given for each donation over $20, as requested. All riders will also receive a lunch at the Village at Pigeon Lake at the end of the run.
Registering in the ride will get riders a bonus of playing a game of scrabble along the way, if they so wish. Each rider will start with one tile and pick up tiles at points along the way, ending with 7 tiles. The goal is to get the most points in one word (that must be in the dictionary). Riders who don’t like their letters can purchase more letters (randomly drawn) at the final stop to try and win the prize for either longest word or most points.
Organizers are grateful to The Village at Pigeon Lake, MidWest Propane, Wetaskiwin Treasury Branch, and Travel Alberta for their sponsorship.
The Heritage Museum, located in the heart of Wetaskiwin's historic downtown, has been preserving local history since 1986. The current location officially opened its doors on May 7th, 2005. The museum currently offers three floors of exhibits relating to everything from First Nations' history to the War Years. Learn about Wetaskiwin's early businesses, read about the extraordinary Women of Aspenland, see an authentic tipi, and have a glimpse of life on a Hutterite colony.
Pictured: Kathy Lund, widow of Al Lund, is pleased ride funds will be designated to the Wetaskiwin Museum. Photo by Barry McDonald