Wiemans top goal with MS River Run
As Carl and Denise Wieman geared up Saturday morning for the annual MS River Road Run, they had already achieved a sense of accomplishment before they even took off on their motorcycle.
Just days before the run, the Owatonna couple received two $500 donations, pushing them over their personal goal of $4,000 for this year and bringing them to more than $83,000 over the past two decades.
“We’ve had $4,000 as a goal for many years, but this is the first year that we have hit it,” said Carl Wieman. He added they have hit $5,000 within the past 10 years, but the donations have been lower in recent years.
On Saturday, the Wiemans and dozens of other motorcyclists took off on the 36th annual River Road Run from Leo’s South in Lakeville. The 242-mile route going through portions of central Minnesota was a little extra special for the Wiemans because they designed it with a friend nearly two years ago. There was no run in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Carl said the goal of designing the run was to have a scenic route with no interstates and very few state roads. “We want to make this more of a leisurely ride and enjoyable for people,” he said.
Not only do the Wiemans enjoy motorcycling, but they also have a passion for raising funds for multiple sclerosis, a disabling disease that took the life of Denise’s niece, Lori Serbus, in 2004.
This was their 20th year of riding in the run. Each year, they raise funds for research to find a cure for MS, a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
The Wiemans said people can still donate to the run. “Just because the ride is over doesn’t mean there is a cure,” Carl said. “We collect all year long.”
Donations can be sent to Carl and Denise Wieman, 524 Glendale St., Owatonna, MN 55060. Checks should be made out to MS River Road Run, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Asked how long they plan to keep riding for MS, Carl responded: “We are going to keep on as long as we can or until they find a cure.”