Waterloo Council approves Trek application

April 11, 2019

WATERLOO -- A special event application for the annual Trek 100 was approved during a short meeting of the Waterloo Common Council on Thursday.

This year Trek 100, Ride for Hope is set for Saturday, June 1.

Trek has hosted the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) ride for the past 29 years. Over the years, about $15 million has been raised to fight cancer. The funds raised are used for pediatric cancer research.

Last year, riders from more than 30 states and 20 countries were represented at the ride.

The oldest rider was Roger Nelson, 92, who has ridden in every Ride for Hope.

Last year, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre and former Milwaukee Bucks star and broadcaster Jon McGlocklin of the MACC Fund welcomed the riders to Waterloo.

The Trek 100 includes a 100-, 62-, 33- and 17-mile bike rides throughout the countryside.

All rides begin at 7:30 a.m. June 1 at Trek Bicycle headquarters at 801 W. Madison St.

About 2,500 bike riders are expected to participate. Last year, 2,300 riders hit the roadways around the city. The event is held rain or shine.

There are about 400 volunteers that assist with the ride.

The request for the special event permit was recommended by the Public Safety and Health Committee.

Newly elected Mayor Jeni Quimby inquired about the number of complaints the city receives during the event and if Trek was planning to add more volunteers.

“I didn’t know we get that many complaints,” Alderman Tim Thomas, chairman of the Public Safety and Health Committee, said.

Police Chief Denis Sorenson said his department received one complaint last year.

“The legitimate complaints are those that come from city hall and the police department,” Mayor Robert Thompson said.

It was pointed out many of the complaints are on social media.

Quimby presented Thompson with a plaque for his service as mayor of Waterloo.

“On behalf of Waterloo, I would like to present this plaque to thank you for your many years of service,” Quimby said presenting Thompson with a plaque.

Quimby pointed out Thompson moved to Waterloo in 1983 and was elected to the council in 1984. “That was quick,” she noted. He served as an alderman in Ward 1 and served on the public safety and finance committees.

He was elected mayor in 2007 and served three terms of four years each. He had also been appointed mayor of the city in August of 2000 and elected in 2001, serving a two-year term until 2003.

Thompson also served on the fire department, Emergency Medical Services and its board of trustees.

Quimby also thanks Thompson’s wife, Karen, for being a big part of Waterloo. “We appreciate all that you have done and wish you all the best. I am sure you will keep an eye on us,” she added.

“It is time to ride off into the sunset,” Thompson said. “I want to thank everyone for their support and just keep it going.”

Quimby also thanked Clifford Olson for serving a year on the council, replacing Matt Ziaja who resigned. Olson did not file for election. Write-in candidate Jason Schoenwetter received 17 votes in the spring election to represent Ward 1 on the council.

Bill Springer, alderman in Ward 2, has also resigned. “I want to thank him for all his hard work and sitting next to him all these years has been a pleasure,” the mayor-elect said.

Quimby said she will be sending out information about the reorganization to city officials in the coming days.