9th Annual Ole’s Ride Raises $23,000 for Hospice of the Red River Valley

Left: Ole Barten at the first Ole’s Ride event in 2010. Top: Motorcycles line up before the start of the ninth annual Ole’s Ride held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, to benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley. Right: At noon motorcyclists depart from Billy’s Corner Bar in Vergas on the 140-mile ride through beautiful Minnesota lakes country.

The ninth annual Ole’s Ride was held Aug. 25, 2018, and raised $23,000 to benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley. In eight years, Ole’s Ride has raised $102,700 to help provide hospice care to patients and families in Vergas and the surrounding area.

The event is held in memory of Richard “Ole” Barten, who lost his battle to cancer in February 2011. Hospice of the Red River Valley cared for Ole during his last months, and the family wanted to use the event as a way to give back to an organization that cares for so many families in the area. “We cannot thank everyone enough for participating,” Kris Barten, Ole’s wife and event organizer, said. “Without every person involved and the generosity of the Vergas community, this event would not be possible.”

The event started on Friday night with a bike show where riders pre-registered. The ride kicked off from Billy’s Corner Bar and Grill in Vergas, and concluded with a silent auction and music by the Fat Cats. Prior to the start of the ride, Ole’s brother, Tom Barten, sang the national anthem. More than 300 people participated, including registered motorcyclists, riders, road guards and volunteers, in the 140-mile ride through Minnesota lakes country.

“It’s touching to see so many individuals and businesses come together to honor Ole’s memory, and support Hospice of the Red River Valley. We are grateful to everyone who helped make the 2018 Ole’s Ride such a success,” Curt Seter, development officer with Hospice of the Red River Valley, said.

For more information on Ole’s story and how the event got started, visit: http://bit.ly/OlesRide. Save the date: 10th annual Ole’s Ride will be held on Aug. 24, 2019.