Posted at: 08/12/2012 7:17 PM
By: Brittany Lewis
Legacy Riders Make Their Final Stop in Austin
(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Legacy Riders have spent the last few weekends touring the state to help raise scholarship money and made their final trip in Austin.
Out of the rain they rode and in to the American Legion Post 91 in Austin, they walked.
Around 30 riders in all as part of the 3rd annual Legacy Run.
"We took the state of Minnesota and cut it in half," said Legacy Relay Co-Chairman, Steve Sullivan.
The ride raises money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship, a fund set up to help chilren who have lost a parent in the military since September 11, 2001.
"We're just raising money to put kids through school. It's just such a feeling," said Sullivan.
The ride started last weekend in Mankato and the riders hit several spots on the west side of the state. This weekend they started in Pine City, covering the Eastern part of the state and ending in Austin.
"Perfect record! Lots of money," said Sullivan.
Led by Sullivan, the Minnesota Legacy Riders raised more than $36,000- a real team effort.
"If they rode a mile, or if they rode the whole thing it's a very important part of this thing that we do," he said.
Roland Hanson, the Commander of Post 91, was happy to host the riders.
"It's just a real great program to provide these young kids with an opportunity for education."
He was even more happy to see the good this ride provided.
"Instead of just looking for a hand out, we're doing the handing out," he said.
And handing out is just what they will do.
In a few weeks, the Minnesota Legacy Riders will ride to the American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis. They will combine the money they raised with other chapters across the country, where they hope to raise a total of $20,000,000.