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Cyclists in Lawton brave the downpour for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Cyclists in Lawton, Michigan fought through the sporadic rain showers to compete in the Race For Wishes, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but also serves as the course for the Michigan State Cycling Championships. (WWMT/Jake Berent)

Cyclists in Lawton, Michigan fought through the sporadic rain showers to compete in the Race For Wishes, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but also serves as the course for the Michigan State Cycling Championships.

200 cyclists competed in nine races on the rainy Sunday, saying the inclement weather wouldn’t keep them indoors and cause them to miss such a sweet ride.

Brian Bangma, one of Race For Wishes organizers, said though the races range in distance from 17 miles to 85 miles, every rider has to deal with the slick conditions.

“When we started this race this morning, the first ones went off in the pouring rain,” Bangma said. “You'll want to lower your tire pressure to give you a little bit extra traction on some of the corners, but some of the riders thrive in these conditions.”

Although those who crossed the finish line first were celebrating championships, that wasn’t all that was being celebrated in the downpour.

“It is 100 percent a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation, so any of the sponsorship and registration money, after all expenses are covered, all the profits are going to Make-A-Wish, so great cause and great event to be able to do that,” Bangma said.

The Race For Wishes hopes to raise around $4,000 dollars for the foundation.

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