by BLAKE PIESCHKE, CSU Public Relations Intern
The former Mankato East High School teacher with a love for cycling will be the next speaker featured in the Mankato Adventure Series.
On Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m., the Maverick Outdoors program will continue their live-streamed speaker series with Daryl Arzdorf.
During his childhood in Fargo, N.D., Arzdorf turned to biking as a sense of freedom. But later on his life, he started using it to raise money for a cause.
For more than 30 years, Arzdorf has participated in a bike-riding fundraiser called Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota. The organized bike ride is held every year to raise money for research toward a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Arzdorf had a cousin who was fighting MS when he participated in his first ride. Throughout his many years of participating and being more involved with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, he’s met and heard from many people who have a loved one with MS.
The ride began in 1990 as an alliance between the National MS Society and the Minnesota Office of Tourism to raise money for MS research while showcasing different parts of the state. The 300-mile ride brings in hundreds of cyclists every year where they average 65 miles a day with rests every 12 miles or so.
In 2020, Arzdorf raised $5,001 for MS research and ranked No.12 in their Top 50 Club Members, who raised a total of $213,000.
To hear more about his life and experiences, tune in April 14 at 7 p.m. on their Facebook page at Maverick Adventures at Minnesota State University, Mankato | Facebook.