HJ/EDMay 15, 2006

14th annual Dairy Queen run to pass through Cokato

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

An estimated 300 motorcyclists will be roaring through Cokato for the 14th Annual Dairy Queen Motorcycle and Classic Car Run, Saturday, May 20.

The run will start at the Hutchinson Dairy Queen at 10 a.m. and participants are expected to be at the Cokato Dairy Queen from 10:35 to 11:30.

“We normally have a good turnout but it depends on the weather,” commented Tina Vorlicek, the Vice President of the board of directors for the Foundation for Challenged Children.

The run will then arrive in Glencoe at 12:15 and Winthrop at 2 p.m. The ride will end in Hutchinson at 3:30.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Hutchinson Dairy Queen, with the ride leaving from there at 10 a.m. The $10 registration fee will be donated to the Foundation For Challenged Children. The fee includes two prize tickets.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award at the end of the run for first, second and third place, for best rides.

Milton Guthmiller of Dassel has participated in the Dairy Queen run since its beginning.

He enjoys gathering with the other bikers but the main reason is because “it’s a very worthy cause,” Guthmiller said.

He belongs to the midwest chapter of the Minnesota Wings Motorcycle Club.

The club is for people who enjoy riding Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles.

As a club, they promote rider safety, road courtesy to all vehicles, and safe driving for all.

Guthmiller is also involved in Ride for Kids to help the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Ride For Kids will be held Sunday, July 23 starting at East Century College in White Bear Lake.

Guthmiller has placed donation containers at Cokato’s Dairy Queen and Hojie’s Grill and Steakhouse for this reason.

For every $300 raised, the individual will be entered into a drawing for a new Honda motorcycle.

More than 90 percent of the money raised will go to the program.

Foundation for Challenged Children

The foundation began in 1998 to help children 18 years or younger with physical or mental disabilities.

It provides assistance to them that medical insurance wouldn’t provide.

“Something to make a child’s life better,” Vorlicek said.

In the program’s beginning, it focused on just one child. Now, the program has expanded to help several children throughout the year.

For example, one child received therapeutic horse back riding lessons and another received a specialized computer program.

The foundation concentrates on physical education and special education, according to Vorlicek.

How to participate

For those interested in participating in the 14th Annual Dairy Queen Motorcycle and Classic Car Run, show up and register beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hutchinson Dairy Queen before 10 a.m. The ride will leave at 10 a.m. sharp.

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