First Santa Cycle held in Green Bay for Children's Hospital

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Cyclists dressed up like Santa on Saturday and biked seven miles for Green Bay's first ever 'Santa Cycle.'

The event was a fundraiser for Children's Hospital.

The ride was inspired by the 'Santa Rampage' held in Milwaukee.

Organizers want to make it a yearly winter bike ride and use it to help raise money for Wisconsin families at Children's Hospital.

About 35 riders participated in the event, including some who owe their lives to Children's Hospital.

"The first few days of my life, I was raised in the this hospital. I was a preemie. I was seven weeks early and I needed some help breathing. I saw the ad and literally, 15 minutes later, I'm signed up for this," said Jake Averkamp.

Several members of Action 2 News also took part in the race, including Sports Director, Chris Roth.

Roth hopes the 'Santa Cycle' will continue to grow like its counterpart in Milwaukee.

"What we want to do is take that idea and get people today to see us riding around downtown and go, 'what, what is that?' and then they find out and realize it's for a great cause and we hope that this grows. We hope this is the beginning of something really big," said Roth.

Saturday's race raised $5,000 for Children's Hospital.

Organizers also raffled off a fat bike at Pete's Garage after the race.