Elkhorn Hills Will Bike For Food! The Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger is a benefit ride that aids local and world hunger projects, including Heifer International, Nebraska Food Bank, Bread for the World and UMCOR: Nigeria. Since 1996, NUMB has raised over $672,000 for hunger programs, and is sponsored by the Nebraska United Methodist conference. Contact Regina Bergman, NUMB registrar for more information or visit the website numbride.org.
Over 130 riders from 14 states hit the road June 22-26 for NUMB 2013. This year’s 4-day ride covered 237 miles and traced a path from Norfolk, through Oakland, Laurel and Creighton before returning to Norfolk. Ten riders over age 70 rode this year, including Ray Preston, a longtime member of Elkhorn Hills UMC. Preston and fellow Elkhorn Hills member Regina Bergman have ridden in all 18 NUMBs.
NUMB was co-founded by Rev. Bill Ritter (former pastor of Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church) and Greg Bakewell who were both avid bike riders. Reverend Ritter came up with the catchy name and Greg came up with the idea to make the NUMB ride more biker-friendly. He created a circular route with daily travel totaling roughly 65 miles. To date, all 93 Nebraska counties have been included in the route.
Elkhorn Hills has a solid history or support for the NUMB ride. Members participate by riding or providing SAG (Support and Gear) service. The 12 Elkhorn Hills participants were: Lena Beeson, Howard Bergman, Regina Bergman (registrar), Nina Clark (social director), Caroline Haase, Valerie Haase, Brenda Klanderud, Brent Klanderud, Sandy Lozier, Ray Preston, Brianna Ritter and Jessica Zelfel.