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The MDA Tub Run and Jerry's Race


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- There's power on display in Janesville.

All the bikes, and all the riders, harness this power to raise money for people with neuromuscular disease.

For fourteen years, the Southcentral Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group and Kutter Harley Davidson Buell have teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to stage the MDA Tub Run every Father's Day weekend.

Father's Day weekend and the Tub Run mean a lot to run organizer Dave Alwin.

"I lost my dad in '85 to ALS, and that's why I'm involved in the run, I've been involved pretty much since the onset and about four years ago, I became the chairman, so it's like a second full time job for me," Alwin says.

But Dave Alwin, and others here, say the work, and their time, is more than worth it. 

The Tub Run has raised more than $1 million since it started to help defeat neuromuscular disease.

In Verona, the power to help the MDA is supplied by a lot of moving legs.

It's Jerry's Race, and some of the inspiration for this annual event comes from local people.

The memories of Tony and Rick Palmer are strong.

The brothers died of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

But their family honors them, and makes sure the fight to help other young people with disease, sprints ahead.

Organizer Jackie Gehin says even mother nature seems to take a cue from the big hearts, of  the Palmers and all the other people making Jerry's Race a success.

"I'm just so thankful for the weather today, it's just the perfect day, the wind is just enough to keep the runners happy, it's not too hot, and it's not humid like we had before it's just wonderful, if I keep talking I'll probably start crying because just look at this turn out everybody is happy to be here and really into it, it's all for a really good cause," Gehin says.

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