FAIRMONT - A Legacy Ride to raise funds for children who lost parents in the military since Sept. 11, 2001, will be making its first stop in Fairmont on Aug. 3.
The Legacy Ride, consisting of 30 to 50 motorcycle riders from American Legions, will travel the state and stop at several Legion posts to collect donations. The ride is done in connection with the annual National Legacy Run.
"This is the first part, and they're leaving from Mankato, and Fairmont will be their first stop," said local Legion commander Bob Altman. "From there, they'll be traveling to Jackson, Worthington, Marshall and end the day in Willmar."
"They are expected to leave Mankato around 8 a.m. and should arrive in Fairmont by 8:45 or 9 a.m.," Altman said. "But because they're riding all day, they won't be here for long, only about half an hour to 45 minutes."
There are two parts of the Legacy Run, which covers the state. This first portion covers the western part of the state from south to north, while a second leg will make a north to south run on the eastern portion Aug. 10-12.
All Legion riders pay their own way for gas and lodging.
"All the money raised goes to scholarships for children who lost parents in 9-11 or in the war on terrorism," Altman said.
Through the Minnesota Legacy Ride, organizers hope to raise about $50,000. Nationally, the ride goal is to raise $20 million.
"Donations need to be brought to the Legion before Aug. 3," Altman said. "Checks can be made out to the American Legion Foundation."
For more information, contact Altman at (507) 399-9807.