Agony Ride sets fundraising record |

Agony Ride sets fundraising record

The 31st Agony ride to raise money for Christian Encounter Ministries, this past weekend in Sierra Valley. There were 96 riders pedaled 19,443 for 24 hours, and raised $138,456.88 for CEM. Michael McManus and Trina Long.
John Hart/ | The Union

Christian Encounter Ministries held the 31st annual Agony Bicycle Ride July 26-27 in Loyalton, and when all was said and done, 96 riders raised $138,400 in just 24 hours.

Proceeds from the event go to Christian Encounter Ministries, which is a Grass Valley organization that provides residential counseling and education for youth.

The $138,400 raised was a record for the 24-hour long Agony Ride which tallied 19,569 combined miles between its participants. The earners were Marion Parker, who raised $8,800 on her own, and Ashlee Edinger, who raised $6,300.

Grass Valley resident Manuel Prado led all riders in the endurance event, riding 342 miles. Paul McLain, of Auburn, and Bob Bayly, of Loyalton, both followed with 325 miles. Grass Valley local Carol Douglass led all women with 303 miles. Christian Encounter Ministries Executive Director Mike Petrillo reported that the pledges and funds received on the day of the event exceeded all previous Agony Rides.

“Nevada County support for youth and local charities is outstanding,” he said in a press release. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the riders’ efforts to raise funds for CEM. A giant thank you to all the sponsors and organizations who made this possible.”

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