First ever Tomassoni Tour gives cyclists a chance to fight ALS

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The weather was perfect for the start of the first ever Tomassoni Tour – Cycle for ALS.

About 40 riders are enjoying the Mesabi Trail. They could choose from the full or half ride, and even use an E-bike.

Todd Lauer, who has ALS, helped get this all started. He is participating using an adaptive bike.

“It’s like a dream come true for me to see it come to fruition, and to participate in it,” he told us. The bike is helping him breathe better and be more physically active.

Named for Senator Dave Tomassoni, the ride is about raising money to fight ALS. Tomassoni died from the disease in August of 2022.

The event wraps up Saturday night at Fortune Bay. You are welcome to buy tickets and celebrate.

As of 3pm on Friday, they’d already raised $130,000. Never Surrender is organizing the event. They also put on the Blackwoods Blizzard Tour and the Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament.

“This is our pilot project for this event. And it’s the largest first year event ever for Never Surrender,” David Kolquist shared.

Heavy hitters like Terry Steinbach and Kent Hrbek are part of the fun.