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Bruce Johnson of Laporte and his son Wesley were among the more than 580 riders who took part in the 2011 Ride for the Troops Sunday afternoon. Submitted Photo

'I got goose bumps': Ride for the Troops sets record

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Clear, blue skies helped make the sixth annual Ride for the the Troops a record-breaking event.

Starting and finishing at Market Place Foods, the Sunday afternoon ride featured more than 420 bikes and 580 riders.

More than $18,000 was raised before the riders took off, and $1,000 was donated by the Zerkel Store. More donations were given during the lunch and dinner celebration along with scratch tickets being sold. The combined donations ultimately rose over $20,000.

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