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Great American Bike Race

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Hundreds of people packed Century High School today for the Great American Bike Race.

This race raises money for people with Cerebral Palsy which is a physical disability caused by damage to the brain before, during or shortly after birth.

All of the money from this event goes towards helping families pay for things like wheelchairs, communication devices and adaptive tricycles.

There were 97 teams of 12 bikers..

Each member rides for 20 minutes with a 10 minute break.

This is the 18th annual event--each year the event has raised more money than the last.

"A lot of our teams are based on families who have somebody who has CP or a related disability, lots of the 100 teams are made up of that. It's just a huge community event. Our Bismarck/Mandan has embraced this event we have a lot of teams from Dickinson as well, lot of business are involved, awesome corporate sponsorship. It's just a day of fellowship and fun," Beth Thune, GABR Event Coordinator, said.

Officials say they expect to raise about half a million dollars from this one-day event.

The team who bikes the most miles and the team who raises the most money get special prizes.

And every participant gets a free T-shirt.

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