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UPDATE: Tub Run raises more than $130,000 for MDA

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A representative from the Muscular Dystrophy Association says Saturday's MDA Tub Run in Janesville raised between $130,000 and $135,000 for MDA.

A total of 1,265 people took part in the ride.

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Rain may have lowered participation below the numbers seen in past years, but it certainly did not put a damper on the enthusiasm at Saturday's MDA Tub Run in Janesville.

More than a thousand riders were expected to make the run, starting at Kutter Harley-Davidson in Janesville.

The ride benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association and organizers were thought they had a good chance to surpass last year's fundraising total of about $132,000.

This was the first year Cal Niemeier has not been at the front of the pack.

WKOW viewers got to know Cal during last year's MDA telethon. Unfortunately, he passed away from ALS in April.

"It's gonna be different," said Tub Run Committee Chair Dave Alwin. "But he's right on our shoulder. He's behind us."

Cal's wife, Laura, echoed those sentiments. We asked her what brought Cal back for the Tub Run every year.

"Helping others," she said. "That was Cal. He was always there to help other people."

There was a drizzling rain less than an hour till the start of the ride.

"Oh, they're all saying, 'Cal better clear the sky out so it doesn't rain on us,'" Laura said.

And the sun did come out in time for the start of the ride.

Laura led the way, leaving the seat behind her empty for Cal.

Saturday's ride was the 18th annual MDA Tub Run in Janesville. Over the first 17 years, the event has raised almost $1.7 million to MDA.

 

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