June 23, 2003
by Nick Wognum
What started as a comment on a radio program has turned into an annual motorcycle rally that comes to Ely this weekend.
The sixth annual Jim Hogan Fun Run will arrive at Semer's Park around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The event was conceived when retired teacher Jim Hogan, who has multiple sclerosis, told Mike Hillman on WELY that he always wanted to ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
From that the Jim Hogan Fun Run was started with proceeds now going to the Ely Lions Club to support area people and families challenged by MS.
Last year the event raised just over $2,000 and over 100 riders are expected this year.
Ely MS Support Group member Kathy Artisensi said Hogan hopes to be able to go for a ride again this year.
"Last time he went for a ride around the lake," said Artisensi. "And anybody who has MS was invited to go for a ride in sidecars as well."
The ride starts in Cloquet at 9 a.m. Saturday with a stop in Virginia for lunch. From there it's on to Ely.
Food and treats are available at the pavilion building at Semers. The event is sponsored by the Ely Lion's Club, Hardee's, Dairy Queen, Northland IGA, Zup's and CYO.
Some participants will camp at Semers Park Saturday night but Artisensi said most of the riders are booked in area hotel rooms.
Sunday morning the group will participate in a pancake breakfast at St. Anthony's put on by CYO.
"This year is a good year because the Lions are doing all the leg work for us," said Artisensi. "People with MS have a hard time doing these things.
For more information on the event, check out www.lakebasin.com.
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