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Traversing trails for a good cause


THE SECOND annual Hangtown Cranker Classic is set for Saturday, June 29 and will travel on some of the trails in El Dorado County. The fundraiser is organized by Placerville Mobility Support. Courtesy photo

From page B2 | June 28, 2013 |

What: Second annual Hangtown Cranker Classic

Who: Placerville Mobility Support

Where: 4369 Golden Center Drive in Placerville

When: Saturday, June 29. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride is expected to start at 9 a.m.

Admission: Registration for the ride is $25

Information: Lynn Murray at 530-295-7620, e-mail or visit

Hand cyclists will be cranking through some of Placerville’s trails on Saturday, June 29 for a good cause.

The second annual Hangtown Cranker Classic starts in the parking lot of Dr. Carl M. Hillendahl’s office, 4369 Golden Center Drive in Placerville, and will cover Weber Creek Trestle Trail, Mosquito Trail, Creek Trail and Smith Flat Trail and back to the doctor’s parking lot.

People participating in the ride have a choice of riding 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles round-trip. Six to 10 hand cycles for first-time participants will be available at the parking lot compliments of Intrepid Equipment.

Placerville Mobility Support, founded by Lynn Murray and Rodger Heimberg in 2007, is sponsoring the event.

The group provides support for people who have mobility impairment.

The group’s mission, according to its Website — — is to improve physical, mental and emotional health for the mobility impaired.

“It’s a charity ride for able-bodied and disabled persons cyclists and bicyclists,” said Murray, a Placerville resident.

Registration for the ride takes place in the doctor’s parking lot starting at 8 a.m. The ride is projected to start at 9 a.m. and should last an estimated two hours.

Murray said Hillendahl is very supportive of Placerville Mobility Support.

“He is an avid cyclist,” said Murray. “He’s real eager to support us in any way he can. So he’s allowed us to use his parking lot. And there’s plenty of parking space.”

In 2004, Murray, now 68, became a paraplegic after suffering a spinal cord injury while working in construction.

“I went off a roof, 30 feet header,” Murray said.

During his rehabilitation at University of California Davis Medical Center in Davis, Murray met  other people with spinal cord injuries as part of a support group. The trip to Davis was long so he and Heimberg started a support group in El Dorado County in 2007.

Murray feels the Hangtown Cranker Classic is an event to showcase the abilities of everyone and hopes for a good turnout.

The Placerville Mobility Support’s board of directors includes Murray and Heimberg. They are joined by Dwayne Nystrom, special events coordinator; Mary Lou Carrillo, treasurer; Pete Wilkinson, director at large; Gary Pigg, former chair; and Rufus Watts, acting chair.

Registration for the ride is $25. Monies from the registration go to help people who are members of the Placerville Mobility Group. People not participating in the ride but want to make a donation to Placerville Mobility Support can contact Murray.

After the ride members of Placerville Mobility Support will barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs in the parking lot. A vegetarian plate will also be served, as well as water and sodas.

Mark Wellman, a nationally acclaimed author, filmmaker and motivational speaker who is a paraplegic, is going to have a climbing wall for everyone to try in the parking lot after the ride. Wellman founded No Limits, a foundation based out of Truckee. He brought his wall to last summer’s event.

“He pulls it around all over the nation,” said Murray.

Last summer, Murray said 27 people participated in the event. The youngest person competing was a woman in her early 20s to the oldest a man in his early 70s.

“Every body who crossed that finish line had a big grin on his or her face,” Murray said.

To make a donation toward the Hangtown Cranker Classic and Placerville Mobility Support or for more information about the event contact Murray at 530-295-7620, e-mail or visit



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