STOKR Saturday 2019
Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity
by Maggie Craig
May 16, 2019
Kootenai Valley Partners Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 25th year of STOKR bicycle rides over the weekend, May 11-12. The Scenic Tour of the Kootenai River (STOKR) bike rides fund Habitat homes. It takes two STOKRs to build one Habitat home, and this year the 13th home will be under construction using volunteer and the partner family's "sweat equity" labor. This year's STOKR had 450 registered riders and was expected to raise over $37,000.
Saturday's weather was warm, sunny and perfect.
According to STOKR organizer Susie Rice, 26 riders have ridden over half of the 24 previous years. One hundred twenty-five riders were expected this year for their first STOKR. In its 25 years, 3,077 individuals will have ridden, coming from all over the United States.
A small army of volunteers (over 300) help make STOKR the success that it is. Besides the local friendly faces the riders encounter along the way, they can enjoy homemade food, including several kinds of soup, pasta salads, sandwiches, cookies and brownies and an assortment of pies at the Ramlo cabin on Saturday's long ride. Support vehicles are always available along the way, potholes are marked for safety, signs are posted for direction, a bicycle mechanic is on hand for repairs and the Troy ambulance is available for emergencies.
Special for the occasion was a benefit concert by the Boulder Creek Band in the evening that brought the 25th STOKR Saturday to a close.
LibbyMT.com STOKR page