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The Great American Bike Race

The Sanford Health Foundation Great American Bike Race (GABR) is a fun and impactful way for people to raise money for local children. The stationary bike race began in the Bismarck-Mandan community in North Dakota in 1997 and has since become a tradition across the Sanford Health footprint.

The idea for GABR originated with Kevin Murphy, M.D., a pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, after traveling to Bismarck monthly to see pediatric therapy patients. He heard about a similar race in Canada known as the Great Canadian Bike Race and thought it would work in North Dakota.

That instinct was right. The first race had 10 bikes set up at Gateway Mall in Bismarck. Since then, the event has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the United States, with more than 1,500 cyclists participating annually.

Please join us and... Do it for the kids!