The annual Bikers For Babies motorcycle ride will cover 45 miles and include up to 700 riders.
ALTON | Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the St. Louis and Metro East areas will rev up to participate in the annual Bikers For Babies ride on Sunday, July 26. Up to 700 riders are expected for the event.
This is the 20th year for the ride. Two separate rides held annually in the past in St. Louis and the Metro East are being combined this year into a single ride.
The event is sponsored by the March Of Dimes and raises funds for research and other programs to help mothers have healthy babies. The research focuses on preventing newborn illness and premature birth.
Katelyn Riegel, Community Director for the St. Louis Division of the March of Dimes, explains that the event is well-organized and a great time for all participants. “The ride is police-escorted,” she notes. “Intersections are blocked and traffic managed so that the ride is pretty much continuous.” Both Illinois and Missouri Highway Patrol officers will help with the ride.
She says the ride is approximately 45 miles long. It will begin at St. Louis Mungenast Honda Motorsports located at 5939 South Lindbergh Boulevard in St. Louis. The ride will end at the Alton Amphitheater. Riders must show a current motorcycle license on the day of the event and have a DOT helmet.
“It’s a chance for riders to get together for a really enjoyable event that raises funds for a great cause,” says Riegel. She notes that 76 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support the targeted research and programs.
On-site registration will start at 9:00 AM that Sunday at the Mungenast Motorsports location. Kick stands go up and the ride begins at 11:00 AM. Registration can be completed prior to the event for a fee of 25 dollars and includes a T-shirt. On-site registration the day of the event is 30 dollars.
Activities at the Alton Amphitheater destination will include food, drinks, raffles and music from the band Lock n’ Load. Riegel emphasizes all activities related to the event are alcohol-free. Individual riders as well as clubs are encouraged to participate.
The March of Dimes is a non-profit organization formed in 1938. It has been instrumental over the years in raising funds for research to combat infant diseases such as Rubella and Pertussis as well as birth defects and premature birth. “We recently started the funding of $100 million research at Washington University in St. Louis into causes and prevention of premature birth,” Riegel notes.
Additional information and details about the event can be found on the Web at www.bikersforbabies.org. People can also contact Katelyn Riegel directly at 314-513-9968 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event presents a unique opportunity to motorcyclists of all ages to enjoy a great summer ride with fellow biking enthusiasts while raising money for a great cause at the same time. Bikers For Babies is looking forward to their 20th year of successful fundraising for this worthwhile cause.