Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to make their way through the Foothills Saturday in support of a charity that helps injured motorcyclists and their families.
The One Broken Biker Fall Poker Run will start out in Calgary with stops at a Priddis cafe, Motorrad in Turner Valley and Twin Cities Hotel in Longview before ending up at Big Sky BBQ in Okotoks.
One Broken Biker President Ashlee Atkin says they decided on a Foothills route in tribute to the memory of Okotoks motorcyclists Lori Jo Freeman and Terry Craik, who lost their lives in a tragic accident last month.
"Two of our people from our community were in a severe bike accident and ended up not making it," Atkin says. "So, we decided, as a community of One Broken Biker, that we would do a little tribute to them. We added in Motorrad because Motorrad was Lori Jo's bike shop and one of her favourite places to go. So we added that in to our ride this year just in honour of the two of them."
Atkin says the need for an organization such as One Broken Biker has been steadily increasing and she adds that so far this year, they've helped 78 injured motorcyclists and their families.
"One Broken Biker is organized and dedicated to putting that money back into the biking community," she explains. "We need to have this kind of organization taking care of our fellow brothers and sisters. Seventy-eight people is a lot, it's a 300 per cent jump from 2016 and we're not even done the year."
Atkin says they are expecting about 300 motorcyclists to take part in this year's Fall Poker Run and registrations are being accepted on the One Broken Biker website.
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