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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

The two amiable combatants hold their ground during the final countdown of the seconds in the 56-hour Charity Challenge at the Storm Lake New Car Dealers car show Saturday afternoon. The only two organizations to start, the St. Mark's Lutheran Church Youth Group and Genesis work activity center, went the distance to split the $5,000 prize. Brad Raveling, front, did the whole 56 hours himself for St. Mark's. He said that he removed his shoelaces and tied his arm to his lawnchair in order to get a couple of hours of sleep each night without losing his grip on the prize. His first desire after the ordeal? A long, hot bath, he said. Bruce Bradford spelled Javier Tuel at the 28-hour mark to win Genesis a split of the cash. "I'm just getting warmed up," he smiled at the end of the competition, with a crowd gathered around. St. Mark's hopes to use the winnings for a youth church trip, while Genesis will put the funds toward a disability-accessible van for the center. Storm Lake dealerships Rasmussen Ford, Fitzpatrick Auto and Schuelke Motors put up the prize money in their second year of sponsoring the endurance contest to see which charity representative can keep their hand on a car the longest time for their good cause.

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