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Bikers to participate in eighth Annual Riding for Youth

Posted: Thursday, Jul 25th, 2013

CAPULIN—On Saturday, Aug. 24 motorcycle enthusiasts will ride to Capulin and participate in the Valle del Sol Community Center eighth Annual Riding for Youth poker run.

Bikers are a mix of white-collar and blue-collar workers, who break from their daily routine and unite to support area youth. The event draws bikers from many cities in Colorado and New Mexico.

The first rally was held in August 2006. The focus of the poker run is youth, thus the ride was named Riding for Youth. This popular bike ride is one of the most important events of the year for the center. It provides a portion of funding needed to serve the After School Program and community.

Friendly competition for the best playing hand and associated prizes inspire participation, which helps raise money. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast; kickstands go up at 10 a.m. Participants pay $15 per hand, which includes lunch. For those who choose not to purchase a poker hand, the cost will be $5.

A local band, Old School, will provide the music, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Bikers receive their playing cards at five different locations.

The Rio Grande Inn nursing home is a favorite stop. Residents and staff are encouraged to dress up like bikers and a biker fashion show takes place. Riders end their ride at the center where they will enjoy a delicious hamburger at the annual barbecue. Raffles and awards will be announced at the center.

“Bikers are always eager to make a difference and we appreciate them. Even if it rains, we still show up. This year’s profits will go towards playground equipment at the center,” said Julie Gomez-Nuanes, center president. The goal is that everyone has fun and to have a great turn out. Participants don’t need to ride a bike to enjoy this event and can come in any vehicle. All wheels are welcome.

For more information, please call Julie at 580-4789 or Pauline at 588-1581.

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