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July 23, 2013

Couple biking RAGBRAI for a good cause

WEM board member may bike in a Speedo as part of benefit

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ChildVoice works mostly in Uganda, serving girls and their children traumatized by the Lord's Resistance Army and also crime. Little said the couple's friend has spent time in Uganda and asked them to participate in RAGBRAI to help raise funds for the cause.

Little and Bohlmann have become so passionate about the cause that they've upped the fundraising ante. The couple is hoping to raise about $1,000 by Thursday. If the goal is met by Thursday night, Bohlmann will bike all 52 miles Friday in a Wonder Woman costume and Little will ride the same distance in just a Speedo (and biking shoes and a helmet).

Biking is a passion for the couple, Little said. But this week will be a challenge.

Bohlmann, a teacher at the Mankato Suzuki School of Music, said in an email that the couple have ridden in a few days of RAGBRAI in the past but never the entire week. Bohlmann will be participating the entire week, and Little will be biking five days of the ride.

“We've only done it before when we've snuck down for one or two days,” Little said.

If all goes as planned, Bohlmann will have completed about 425 biking miles, and Little will have completed 275 miles. Little said coming home for the meeting was the right decision, but he feels like he's missing out.

“All day long today I'm wishing I was there,” he said.

To donate, visit https://www.active.com/donate/cvatragbrai/cristabohlmann.

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