7,000 bikers to ride through county for annual Bikers for Babies
Thousands of motorcycles will roar into Kansas Speedway for the 16th annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies Sunday, Sept. 19.
The largest and most successful March of Dimes fundraiser of its kind, Bikers for Babies brings together riders of all ages with motorcycles of all types to raise funds for community programs and services committed to improving the health of babies.
In 2009, 6,000 riders raised more than $690,000, making the Kansas City Bikers for Babies No. 1 among 50 March of Dimes annual rides and the most successful charity motorcycle event in the Midwest. More than $4.36 million has been raised locally in the event’s 15-year history.
“Seeing the riders set out together in support of the smallest members of our community is always an incredible sight,” said Penny Sharp, Bikers for Babies volunteer committee chairwoman. “So many people are affected by premature birth-and thousands of them are riders. They understand that the March of Dimes is working harder than any other organization to find the cause of premature birth and infant mortality.”
In the past three years, riders from 37 different states have participated. Bikers for Babies is the most successful and longest-running charity event held at Kansas Speedway.
Riders meet at Kansas Speedway to set out on a designated, 115-mile route and return for lunch, a bike show and live music. Participants can pre-register for a $35 donation at bikersforbabieskc.org or attend a preregistration event.
Riders will depart Kansas Speedway via State Ave., head west on 24/40 Hwy. to Tonganoxie and turn north on K-16 through McLouth to the first rest stop at Oskaloosa High School. Riders continue west on 92 Highway past Perry Lake to K-4 and north past Valley Falls.
Winchester High School is the second rest stop. Riders then travel through Easton and turn south on County Rd. 21. The next 35 miles on K-92, County Rd. 29 and Fairmont Rd. are scenic backroads that hit KS-7/US-73. The route then turns south and returns to Kansas Speedway. Directional signs are posted at every turn. Non-riders can show their support by watching and waving from safe areas along the route.
Funds raised by Bikers for Babies support local research grants focused on issues related to premature birth and community programs such as Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Support.
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