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The Great 48 to bike 10,000 miles, raise money for orphanage

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A group of five guys, students at South Dakota State University, and Delta Chi fraternity brothers are set for a great adventure, biking through 48 states.

"Before we got into our real jobs, got settled down with the family, and got tied down with commitments we wanted to make a difference," said rider Michael Amen.

Dubbed the Great 48, the guys will be raising money for an orphanage in Honduras while they log 10,000 miles.

"So, we did a lot of searching and found this non-profit organization in Honduras that was super excited to work with us. They're matching us one-to-one on all of our funds raised. So, we're going to try and raise $100,000 and they're going to $100,000," said rider Ben Ruggeberg.

Starting may 13th, the guys will ride 60 miles a day.

Robb Rasmussen, the owner of Sioux River Bicycles & Fitness, has been tending to the group's bikes and gently razzing them.

"They rode 60 (miles) the other day and said it was tough, but they're young, they're determined, they've got a mission, and I'm going to follow them as much as I can," said Rasmussen.

During their research, one woman who biked all 50 states had some advice.

"What she said is don't try to be a hero. Enjoy yourself. If you turn it into a job you're not going to like it," said rider Brett Citrowske.

The group will stay at local churches, friends of friends' couches, or they'll camp. Throughout the trip the Great 48 will be promoting their mission, raising money to help the orphanage build two schools.

If you'd like to follow the group's travels go to www.thegreat48.us.

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