Ride & Rally to Benefit St. Jude

September 01, 2017 10:03 AM

Motorcycle riders are coming together to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital with a ride and rally in Wisconsin this weekend.

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The third annual 'Adam Long Ride and Rally' is Saturday, September 2 at Bird's bar in Superior.

The event is named after Adam Long, a wrestling and football coach who died of cancer in 2015. Organizer of the event, Jon Williamson, says he was a mentor to many. He helped out many kids throughout his life. Long was also a mentor to Williamson.

"It feels really important to keep his memory alive, " he said.

The ride itself was conceived through a conversation between Williamson and long-time Twin Ports radio host Cathy Kates. She had asked Williamson to put something together for the annual St. Jude's Radiothon that takes place each March in the northland. He explains that they are unable to ride at that time, so he decided to have the ride and rally run at the end of the summer. Proceeds from this event will then be presented in a check at next years radiothon.

Registration for the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Williamson says a professional photographer will be on hand before that time to take pictures.

Anyone with a bike or vehicle is welcome to join in.

Participants will take off from Bird's Bar. They'll travel on a near 100 mile trek through northwestern Wisconsin and end up at the Ugly Stick Saloon in Superior.

That night, there'll be food, prizes and live entertainment. Williamson says he's gotten much help from sponsors and other people in the area to put this on.

" I couldn't be more proud of this community that I live in, " he says.

If you can't make Saturday's event, there's another ride coming up.

Saturday, September 9, is the annual 'Bikers for Boobs' ride in Duluth. Proceeds benefit the fight against breast cancer. Click here for more information.


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