Tire flipping for vets

Numerous volunteers showed up Saturday to help flip an 800-pound industrial tire 10.7 miles down U.S. Highway 83, from Minot Air Force Base to ASK Fitness.

Though the event has been a dream of Staff Sgt. Cody Lytle’s, Lytle said he and Staff Sgt. Joshua Heidemann didn’t organize the event only for fun. The volunteers were raising money to help wounded warriors and veterans. The tire flip challenge was sponsored by Crossfit Minot and Vets Trucking.

Lytle said cash donations for the effort would be welcome after the tire flip challenge as well. Donations will be accepted via Clebe McClary’s Evangelistic Association. For information about donations, contact Mike Stamness at 720-7177.

McClary, a motivational speaker from South Carolina, was wounded during a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam and lost an eye and an arm. He received the Silver Star and the Bronze Star. McClary will speak tonight at 7 p.m. at Grand International Hotel about the disturbing trends facing disabled veterans such as multiple deployments, suicide rates, divorce, depression, health and other issues. He will speak again at 10 a.m. Monday at Minot Air Force Base.

Lytle said they’ve been using the huge tire, which was salvaged after the flood of 2011, for the last couple of years. Lytle said it’s been one of his dreams to flip the tire downtown for no reason. On Saturday it happened, but for a good reason.

Lytle said he expected up to 30 people to show up to help flip the tire down the highway at different points on Saturday.

The tire used in the challenge will be on display during the North Dakota State Fair.