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Riding 1,000 miles for a home

About 30 bikers from Canada took part in the 2013 Cycle of Hope: 1,000 Miles Home Challenge to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. The bikers stayed at St Luke's Church in Garfield last Thursday night before heading on to Detroit Lakes on Friday and completing their journey in Winnipeg on Saturday. (Photo by Tara Bitzan)1 / 2
Bikers headed out from St. Luke's Church in Garfield at 6:30 a.m. Friday on their way to Detroit Lakes. They arrived home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Saturday after riding 1,000 miles. (photo by Tara Bitzan)2 / 2

Twenty thousand. That's how many miles Cycle of Hope (COH) volunteers have bicycled in the past 20 years.

$2.5 million. That's how much money those volunteers have raised in the past 20 years to build new affordable homes for families in need.

Every year since 1993, COH riders have traveled 1,000 miles to raise enough money to enable Habitat for Humanity Manitoba to build a home.

The 2013 Cycle of Hope: 1,000 Miles Home Challenge began on Friday, June 28 in Louisville, Kentucky and concluded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Saturday, July 13.

Last Thursday, the 30-plus bikers of all ages made a stop at St. Luke's Church in Garfield where volunteers fed them and provided them shelter for the night. They headed out at 6:30 a.m. Friday toward Detroit Lakes.

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