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Cyclists Andrew Perry, Bill Gerst and Brian Sather pull away from another cyclist on the return leg from Palmer Junction Saturday. The three finished the ride together at Pioneer Park in La Grande. Riders were participating in the fundraiser to fight domestic abuse. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer
Dozens of cyclists and runners braved frequent rain showers, wet pavement and sore muscles to raise more than $21,000 in the 3 Rivers Ride fundraiser Saturday.
From the early morning start in La Grande’s Pioneer Park, the cyclists participating in the ride through Island City, Cove, Imbler, Elgin and Summerville had frequent showers and also dodged sprinklers showering the road to make it back to the start.
For those choosing to ride 100-miles, it even meant a scenic side trip to Palmer Junction.
The event, which is a fundraiser for several local domestic violence organizations had set agoal of raising more than $18,000 this year.
They easily beat that mark, raising more than $21,000 by the end of the event.
According to event director MaryEllen LeBerge, the total may surpass $22,000 when the complete results are tallied.
In the Century ride, Andy Perry, Brian Sather and Bill Gerst all finished together after five hours and 24 minutes of riding the roads around the Grande Ronde Valley and deep into the Blue Mountains.
Duane Christman took just under three-and-a-half hours to complete 70 miles on the road, while Cory Larvik took three hours and 47 minutes to complete 60 miles.
Landon Winter went 57 miles in 5:29, while both Brittany Garcia and Andy Holloway completed 55 miles in 5:02.
Lynn Vania (5:45) and Trevor Halls (6:00) completed 50 miles.