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Geneva Cancer Run heads south

Published 10:53am Thursday, May 30, 2013

GENEVA — The city has opened the city park in Geneva to camping for the second annual Geneva Cancer Run, a motorcycle ride and evening of entertainment with proceeds going to fight cancer.

The Geneva Cancer Run is June 8. Participants can pay $10 to be part of the ride. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the riders leave at 11 a.m. from Geneva Bar & Grill.

DeeAnn “Mama Bear” Randall, one of the organizers, said the ride will traverse about 125 miles. Riders leave from Geneva and will stop in St. Ansgar, Iowa, then at Spring Park near Osage, Iowa, then in Hayward and finally back to Geneva.

“If someone you love has felt cancer, come and ride with us,” Randall said.

She said motorcycles and automobiles are welcome.

Riders will get back around 4 or 5 p.m., with music starting in the Geneva Bar & Grill parking lot at 5:30 p.m.

The lineup features three bands. They are Rush Hour, an Austin band playing rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s and ’60s, 3 Lane, an Austin band playing easy-listening rock and country, and Bad Monkey, an Albert Lea band playing hard rock and grunge from the 1990s and 2000s.

People not riding the ride still can come to hear the bands, as long as they pay the $10 cover charge. There also are door prizes. Food is available for a $5 donation to the cause. Proceeds go to the Geneva Cancer Auction’s annual gift to the Eagles Cancer Fund.

Randall said camping space was provided to make it easier for people to not drive home after an evening of drinking and to show Geneva is a welcoming place for visitors. She said people in tents or campers are welcome.

Last year, the Geneva Cancer Run headed west to Janesville, then circled down through Manchester, Hollandale, Austin and Blooming Prairie before heading back to Geneva. Randall said the organizers plan to change the route every year to keep the ride interesting.