Great American Bike Race moves to new venue

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BISMARCK, N.D. - If you have children, you know how quickly they can outgrow their clothing. In a way, that can happen with popular events as well.

For the last nine years, the Great American Bike Race, a fundraiser for families of children with cerebral palsy, has been held at Century High School.

Anyone who's been there knows how crowded it is and how difficult it can be to get around.

There's going to be a change of venue this year.

"One of the ideas we had is possibly putting the stage in the middle and making that the central point. And then having the bikes all around that in kind of a square formation," says says Erin Green, Sanford Health.

It's almost as if you can hear the wheels spinning in Erin Green's head. She's the event planner for the Great American Bike Race, and she has a new place to work with: Legacy High School.

"The people that have worked the Great American Bike Race were seeing that we're kind of getting crowded. You know, it's becoming more and more popular, a lot of teams, so we were looking for a larger venue and just happened to have a new high school online, so it worked out great actually for both of us," says Darin Scherr, Bismarck Schools Business and Operations.

While Century had two gym floors side by side, Legacy has three of them. So it's not only wider, it's also longer. And there's another feature that adds to the possibilities.

"We're excited that there's the track up above that will give people the opportunity to really kind of have a bird's eye view of the event. That we'll have a little more space to put some seating in the event itself, so that families can sit and participate while not being at their biking station," says Green.

Because so many families participating have a child with cerebral palsy, the extra room will make it much easier to get around with wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers.

This year's bike race will be held on Saturday, April 8 at Legacy High School. There is room for 110 teams, and, as of this afternoon, 99 slots have been filled.

To register a team, go to: