About 350 bike riders hit the streets of Des Moines after dark Saturday for a good cause.

“We studied events like this all over the country before we decided to bring it to Des Moines and we’re thrilled with the turnout,” says Nancy Bobo with Orchard Place.

The Moonlight Classic started and ended at Principal Park. The first of its kind ride in Des Moines is a chance for people to see the city in a unique light. While there`s no race to the finish line, there is a winner.

“The Moonlight Classic is raising money for Orchard Place. We’re a leading non-profit that serves children with mental health and behavioral disorders,” says Bobo.

After a little friendly competition for best costume and best bike lights, the riders are ready to roll.

“We’ve never been on a night bike ride before. It was just a little different perspective on riding and actually it was pretty nice. It was cooler,” says Debra Montufar.

Something was noticeably missing from the night ride.

“That would be neat if you had a full moon,” says Darren Montufar.

“We’ve got plenty of city lights so that’s good,” says Adam Queck.

As an added precaution, police led the way even stopping traffic for the bikers.

“It’s thrilling to ride in a big group at night,” says Montufar.

The Moonlight Classic raised about $55,000 for Orchard Place. Organizers are counting on the event to take off like it has in other communities.

“We’re expecting this to grow like wildfire in the coming years,” says Bobo.

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