MESA, Ariz. - The 15th Annual Chester’s Harley-Davidson Torch Ride in April is expected to draw 1,200 riders, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Arizona.
The only police-escorted charity ride in the Phoenix area during the first week of April has a new destination: Phoenix Bikefest, the newest and most anticipated addition to April’s motorcycle activities, which will feature daytime entertainment, live evening concerts, a variety of food, beverages, shopping, vendors, games, contests, bike shows, and, interestingly, the area’s only ride-through bar.
The event’s selection of motorcycle attractions will be hosted by the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. This change in Chester’s Torch Ride is anticipated to increase rider participation this year.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
“The Torch Ride has become one of our favorite events of the year,” said Greg Warrington, general manager at Chester’s. “It is a lot of fun for a great cause. We are hoping to raise a substantial amount for the athletes.”
The event kicks off at 8 a.m. April 5, with registration and a pancake breakfast at the dealership in Mesa. The ride leaves the dealership at 10 a.m. led by area law enforcement officers, and travels to the casino.
The cost is $25 for single riders or $45 for motorcycles with a passenger. Pre-register online at www.2014torchride.kintera.org before noon on April 4. Registration will be available at the dealership on the day of the event for a $5 price increase. Participants will receive a commemorative ride pin, a free pancake breakfast at Chester’s Harley-Davidson, access to the attractions offered at Phoenix Bikefest, and the opportunity to meet Special Olympics Arizona athletes.
Posted by Holly Wagner