May 1, 2008
Muskegon, MI -- You've got just a few days left to place your bid to be among the first to ride the new Thunderhawk roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure. Proceeds from the online auction will benefit the American Red Cross.
Michigan's Adventure partnered with the American Red Cross to help raise funds to support vital emergency services the organization provides. A total of 40 spots are up for grabs in the auction for the inaugural run of the Thunderwawk roller coaster.
"Michigan's Adventure has been very generous in helping create this fundraising opportunity for the American Red Cross", said Tim Lipan, Executive Director. "Allowing us to benefit from the thrills that the Thunderhawk will generate for thousands of roller coaster fans."
Thunderhawk is the first suspended looping roller coaster in Michigan. This suspended, looping steel roller coaster stands 105-feet tall and begins with an exhilarating 86-foot drop.
Riders suspended from an overhead tubular steel track soar through five inversions and speeds reaching 50 mph while their feet dangle from the train with nothing below. The entire ride is 2,260 feet long and lasts just over two minutes.
Thunderhawk brings new thrills to the park," said Camille Jourden-Mark, Vice President and General Manager of Michigan's Adventure. "It is our pleasure to inaugurate the first suspended roller coaster in Michigan in support of the American Red Cross."
The online auction to ride the roller coaster began on March 14, 2008 and bidding ends on May 7, 2008. To place you bid visit www.arcmon.org and click on the Thunderhawk logo.
The inaugural ride will take place on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at around 9:00 am.
Only the 40 highest bidders will be awarded the chance to ride. Seat selection will be based on the bid amount with highest bidder getting the first choice. Both 20-passenger, 10 car trains will be used for the inaugural run.
Winners will also receive a Thunderhawk T-shirt, breakfast and all-day admission to Michigan's Adventure on May 14, plus a return one-day admission valid for the rest of the 2008 season.
All proceeds from the online auction will benefit the American Red Cross.
Michigan's Adventure opens for the season on Saturday, May 17, 2008 and daily operation begins Saturday, May 24. The park will also operate on Wednesday, May 14 for the opening of Thunderhawk and Physics Day.
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