Music is played — loudly — while Radio Mankato deejays count down the remaining seconds of each “heat.”
Duane Olson participated last year. He said the event is a fun one, but he takes part because of the mission.
“I really wasn’t aware of the extent of homelessness in the Mankato area until I heard Carrol speak at a church forum,” Olson said.
And now he, as he’s drumming up support for his cause, gets the same kind of surprised looks.
“When I go and talk to people with, a lot of people are surprised when they hear there are that many people in need of housing,” Olson said.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Mankato YMCA.
There are prizes involved. Meyers-Dobler said they’re gathering prizes right now and will be awarding them throughout the day at the event. Top prizes will go to the winning teams, but there also will be random prizes as well, such as meals, hotel and spa packages, oil changes, car washes and more.
Last year one group called themselves Physique Boutique and came dressed in black leotards and tutus. A team from the School Sisters of Notre Dame called themselves the Holy Spokes.
Mayo Clinic Health System sent a handful of teams, one of which came dressed in scrubs and bearing tools of the emergency room trade.
“People get caught up in the excitement,” Meyers-Dobler said.
What: Pedal Past Poverty, a fundraiser for Partners for Affordable Housing When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1 Where: Mankato YMCA Details: Signup is still open. Teams are comprised of 10 riders, each of whom is expected to raise money. Each team has captain who should plan on attending a Captain's Kick Off event Jan. 31 at School Sisters of Notre Dame offices, 170 Good Counsel Drive. Registration: Visit partnersforhousing.org to download the registration form. Questions? Call Carrol Meyers-Dobler, 387-2115