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Bikers Raise More Than $110,000 For Glacier National Park

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And they're off.

A 250-mile bike ride through the Crown of the Continent raises some serious cash for the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

ABC FOX Montana’s Mackenzie Allen was in West Glacier for the sendoff and brings us more.

Angela, David the roughly 30 bike riders behind me come from all over the United States and have helped raise more than $110,000 to promote conservancy efforts at Glacier National Park.

The money will go to the Glacier National Park Conservancy which will complete the circle by using some of the funds to promote bike travel through the park.

Climate Ride has organized what they call "green conferences on wheels" all over the country but this is their first ride through Glacier.

 “They come from all over the U.S from San Francisco to Washington DC to New York City so we hope they will take the message back that glacier park is an incredible area that really deserves our attention,” aid Climate Ride Executive Director Caeli Quinn.

The six day ride will take bikers all the way to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada before culminating back in West Glacier on Sunday.

Along the way riders will take part in presentations from experts like park Superintendent Jeff Mow.

    

"We like to connect people to the beauty of the American landscape and as well we always schedule expert speakers to meet us in camp at night to shed some light on issues that are faced at Glacier National Park,” said Quinn.

Jay Ruzicka raised about $3,000 and says his background in green energy makes him passionate about educating people on the importance of conservation.

"I think that was part of the fun that me going on this ride I was able to talk to people about glacier, I found out that some of my friends parents had grown up around here and about their visits and so it was a way to create a sense of community about this place,” Ruzicka said.  

It's a sentiment that's at the core of what Climate Ride hopes to accomplish.

"Glacier is a park that serves as a signal for everything that is going on globally. We as you know will have no glaciers in the next 10-15 years in Glacier Park we've all see the threat of severe wildfires as well as issues with drought and water and so we want to just raise the profile of this. "

And with that the climate ride has officially begun.  Reporting in West Glacier,  Mackenzie Allen, back to you. "

Organizers say plans are already underway for another Glacier Climate Ride next year. 

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