Rolling Thunder hits the road this weekend

Published 6:47 pm Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The American Cancer Society’s Fifth Annual “Rolling Thunder” bike ride is set for Saturday and will begin and end at Larry’s Bar-B-Q in Ozark.

Kay Franklin, ACS community representative, is coordinating the 115-mile bike ride that will encompass four counties, Dale, Pike, Coffee and Barbour. One of the stops will be at the Chevron station in Brundidge.

“The ‘Rolling Thunder’ bike ride is a huge ride and usually attracts around 150 bikers,” Franklin said. “We have had as many as 200 bikes and as few as 125. Our goal each year is 150. So this is a big fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and one of the biggest summer fundraisers that we have.”

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Registration will be from 8 until 10 a.m. Saturday at Larry’s Bar-B-Q and the first bikes will go out at 10 a.m.

The entry fee is $20 per bike and $10 for each additional rider.

“This is a poker run but drawing cards is optional,” Franklin said. “Some people would rather not participate in the poker run and that’s fine. We just want everyone to come, ride and help us raise funds for the American Cancer Society.”

Of interest to bikers is that the Rolling Thunder bike ride is an escorted group ride.

“We’ll have escorts from either the police or sheriff’s departments in the different counties,” Franklin said. “A lot of bikers prefer escorted rides so that’s what we are providing.”

There will be a 50/50 drawing at the Rolling Thunder bike ride and a lot of great door prizes, Franklin said.

“Food will be provided at the end of the ride by Larry’s Bar-B-Q as part of the entry fee,” Franklin said. “This will be a fun ride and it will raise money for a very worthy cause. So, we invite all bikers to participate and bring along a rider.”

For more information, call Kay Franklin at 334-566-2140.