The Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride for 2015 will be held on June 7, running from Meridian to Mountain Home. The route is shorter this year due to safety issues. The event took a hiatus last year but has been re-established for this year.
The ride is sponsored by the High Desert Harley-Davidson. Organizing the event is Todd Godfrey, who is a marketing and promotions manager for High Desert Harley-Davidson. He said they wanted a way to give back to the community and this is the event they have created.
The Operation Warm Heart and National Guard organizations have been a part of the Patriot Thunder Ride since it began but they do rotate other charities in year-to-year.
The starting location for this run is the High Desert Harley-Davidson at 2310 Cinema Drive in Meridian, Idaho. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with the run beginning at 11 a.m. Registration for this event is $30 and pre-registration amount is $25.
The proceeds for this charity run will go to the Operation Warm Heart and The National Guard Family Support Fund both of Mountain Home, Idaho. The Operation Warm Heart is run by the 1st sergeants on the Mountain Home Air Force Base. They help local military personnel in emergency situations with no-pay-back grants. Last year this foundation received $8,500 from the Patriot Thunder Ride.
Operation Warm Heart not only helps the local community and those less fortunate but also those on the base. They strive to develop good communication and friendly fellowship between the community and the base.
In 2009, when the Idaho Patriot Thunder Ride first began, there were 250 riders but by 2013 there were 1000. This means a train of riders several miles long. Idaho State Police will be on hand to escort the bikers and do traffic control.
This year the run will be shorter and will end at Carl Miller Park in Mountain Home. This is more of a safety issue. There will be other events going on in the park after the ride is over.
Godfrey estimates that there will be about 600 motorcyclists coming out for the event. He wants this to be the largest military charity run in the northwest.
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