MDA Tub Run on Saturday celebrates 20 years and nearly $2 million raised
JANESVILLE--This year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association celebrates 20 years and nearly $2 million raised by the annual MDA Tub Run.
Thousands of motorcycles will rumble through Rock County on Saturday as part of the fundraiser.
Beginning in 1995, the MDA began the run to raise money for children with muscular dystrophy, a disorder that weakens muscle and over time gets worse.
In its first seven years, the charity raised $100,00. Within 13 years, it reached $1 million, hitting $2 million just seven years later.
MDA committee Chairman Dave Alwin said fundraising starts with a February raffle.
“Every February we have a raffle that includes cash prizes, vacation trips, a new car or motorcycle, prize donations from local businesses, etc.," he said. "The money we make from the raffle goes to the Tub Run, and this year we were able to raise $9,600.”
Events this weekend begin Friday at Thresherman's Park in Edgerton. Tub Run registration is from 1 to7 p.m. Saturday's ride begins at noon. Riders will depart from Kutter Harley-Davidson, 3223 N. Pontiac Drive, Janesville, and ride the designated route until 3:30 p.m.
Law enforcement will be posted at all traffic lights and major intersections during the 40 minute traffic delay.
The ride ends at Thresherman's Park.
“We have raised a total of $1.96 million, and with it costing $800 to send one child to a week of camp at Camp Wonderland, we have been able to send 2,500 children” Alwin said.
“It's because of those smiles we do what we do.”