One of the most important events every year at Cedar Point is a roller-coaster marathon that focuses on an age group whose members often are too short or too afraid to ride.
Cedar Fair’s Coasting for Kids, which benefits children with life-threatening illnesses, raised more than $114,000 at 11 company parks Sunday, June 10.
The dollar amount is twice as much as the event generated in its first three years. The four-year total raised for Give Kids The World is more than $200,000. Give Kids The World is a 70-acre nonprofit resort in central Florida that provides free vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
The marathon machines at Cedar Point were Magnum XL-200 from 8-10 a.m. and Gemini from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. About 75 people participated, and some rode more than 100 times during the day.
Participants paid a $25 registration fee and had to raise a minimum of $75 to participate, and awards were given to the first-, second- and third-place individual fundraisers.
The top fundraisers were Kyle Miller with more than $3,500, Jason Hammond with almost $3,000 and Jeffrey Brashares with almost $2,200.
“This year’s riders showed an unparalleled level of dedication and enthusiasm,” Cedar Point spokeswoman Annie Zelm said. “Many have been personally impacted by these special children and their families, and they know that committing to one day of continuous coasting isn’t much compared to what a sick child endures. We hope to bring at least twice as many riders on board next year and in the years to come as Coasting for Kids gains momentum.”
Momentum comes easy on a roller coaster, especially when it’s for a cause above and beyond entertainment. You just need some big drops and a lot of riders who want to make a difference.
Cedar Point has a lot of both.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to participate yet again this year because of previous commitments. But if anyone wants to team up for next year, let me know.
Tom Sherer is an award-winning graphic designer with the Sandusky Register and a Cedar Point enthusiast who visited the park 53 times in 2011. He chronicles his adventures in coasterland here at "Belaboring the Point."