“Guns and Hoses” charity bike ride raises money for first responders
COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO — Leis and hula skirts are not only welcomed but encouraged at the 11th annual “Guns and Hoses” charity bike ride at Peak Fitness Coeur d’Alene
The bike ride is for the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation, which helps first responders and their families who are in need of financial help after being involved in catastrophic situations.
“I think it gives an element of security a little bit I mean you can’t stop bad things from happening but knowing there’s people there to support you if it does that’s really amazing,” said Jessica Herbig, wife of a Coeur d’Alene police officer.
The foundation was born out of tragedy 13 years ago after a CDA police officer was seriously injured on the job. Several retired law enforcement officers like Addison Arce, who worked as a police officer in Los Angeles before retiring in Idaho, had seen the benefits of such a foundation in their places of work, and thought Kootenai County could use something like it.
“We then went out in the community and got people who really had a passion for assisting the first responders in Kootenai County. After 13 years we’ve given out 30 awards totaling about $80,000,” explained Arce.
At the charity bike ride, 27 teams of 12 cycle for an hour each with coaches from Peak Fitness. Some rides are themed, like karaoke. Others are all about making riders sweat! Prior to the event, riders obtain sponsorships from the community. Teams are made up of first responders, gym members who’ve watched the event grow over the years and supporters of those in the line of duty.
Outside of classes, there are silent auction items, games and a VIP lounge with a bar. Food is also available. To ride, enjoy the games and VIP area, a suggested donation of $40 is asked. To bid on silent auction items, like a ride to and from school for you kids in the Couer d’Alene Fire Department fire truck, or cheer on riders, no donation is needed.
Individual comes to foundation after suffering from some catastrophic incident that is causing them financial troubles. 98% of the money that is raised by the foundation goes to the first responders, they do not employ anyone. All work and organizing events is done by volunteers.
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