Memorial run makes its way through Mott

The Annual Andy Dakken Memorial Bike Run made its way through Mott recently.

By JON SKJOLDAL
For The Herald

The Annual Andy Dakken Memorial Bike Run made its way through Mott recently.

The ADMBR was the brain child of its founders, Joshua and Trista Dakken in the year 2012 and took place on Saturday, July 9 this year. It began in hopes to necessitate a financial need, as well as to gather moral support for a cousin who had suffered severe injuries in a motor cycle accident.

The 125-mile Andy Dakken Memorial Bike Run starts and ends in Hebron, and makes its way through Mott each year. (GOOGLE MAPS)
The 125-mile Andy Dakken Memorial Bike Run starts and ends in Hebron, and makes its way through Mott each year. (GOOGLE MAPS)

Its namesake, Andy Dakken was the youngest son of Terry and Laurie Dakken, younger brother of Josh and Seth Dakken, as well as being the twin brother of Brian Dakken. He was lost to this world in a car accident in the 2007.

Andy Dakken served his country as a member of the National Guard, and his community as a welder.

The 125-mile bike run starts and ends in Hebron with stops in Glen Ullin, Elgin, Mott, and Richardton. A local bar within each town is the meeting point for riders and other supporters to stop and play poker games, with all proceeds going to benefit the Bike Run and the causes it supports.

This year several bikes, hotrods, cars, and sport utility vehicles from around the state—and a few from out of state—worked their way through small towns, such as Mott, making stops at local bars to commemorate Andy’s Memory. Scorpion’s was such a stop.

The Bike Run is not the only festivity to take place during this event. Participants can enjoyed food, a Chinese auction, a raffle, and live music from Carbon Copy.

This event started out with meager, yet meaningful beginnings, and shows no signs of slowing down in the years to come, but will only gain popularity and maybe someday offer hope and help to more causes.

After the initial goal of helping Andy Dakken’s family with medical and funeral expenses, the bike run now offers individuals the opportunity to raise and donate money for local families needing assistance with medical bills of their own.

Trista Dakken has always held a motto close to her heart, “See a need, fill a need.”

This event proves that the slogan, although borrowed from the movie Robots, can be utilized in everyday life.

Share this post

GAMES