Hike Bike 2020 Update & New Sign-up Instructions

Signup Instructions

Sponsor Letter

Event Date & Time

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we cannot gather at the Skate Palace for the actual event. Hike Bike 2020 will be an online fundraising event only with all proceeds going to OABCIG Dollars for Scholars.

Please signup by May 15.

Deadline to donate: June 15

Deadline for T-shirt design: June 15

We encourage you to have your own Hike Bike ride! Pick a day when it is convenient for your family and ride the Pleasant Valley Trail so your children can still enjoy the experience. Consider starting and ending at the Skate Palace, wear a T-shirt from a previous year, and pack some snacks and water for breaks along the way or when you’re done. The best part is you can pick a nice warm sunny day!


Call United Bank of Iowa at 712-364-3393 and ask for Marcia Cates or Taylor Walker.

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What is the Whitey Thompson Hike-Bike-A-Thon?

Hike-Bike is a fun event that gives preschool through high school students an opportunity to contribute to their future by helping to raise money for scholarships. Starting at the Skate Palace in Ida Grove, participants walk or bike on the Pleasant Valley Trail with activities, rest stops, and water provided along the route. Relatives and friends sponsor the students by making donations to OABCIG Dollars for Scholars. All proceeds go toward providing scholarships for OABCIG students.

About OABCIG Dollars for Scholars

OABCIG Dollars for Scholars was established in 1994 as the BCIG Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation’s name was changed in 2010 to better reflect the Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove school districts.
The scholarship foundation has awarded $3,201,584 in scholarships to 796 BCIG and 569 OABCIG graduates.

Hike Bike's Contribution

In 2019, the 654 participants of the Whitey Thompson Hike-Bike-A-Thon raised $79,569.63 in donations, a new record.
Over the past 25 years, Hike-Bike has donated $961,589.28 towards scholarships. Each past and future participant of Hike-Bike should be proud of their part in helping OABCIG Dollars for Scholars reach their goal of a scholarship for every graduate.

From United Bank of Iowa . . . A Tribute to Whitey Thompson

Whitey Thompson played a big role in the organization and success of the scholarship foundation by starting this event in 1995. His wife, Elaine, served on the board and helped with the event until her death in 2003. Whitey also served as a director at United Bank of Iowa for seven years contributing his wisdom and business insight.
Whitey and Elaine believed in supporting the youth in our communities. At United Bank of Iowa, we know our youth are our future and understand the value of higher education. Our employees donate their time and effort to carry on the event Whitey began, to ensure continued scholarships for years to come. 


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