22nd Annual Ladies Run

By Abel

There are three official starting points based on where you want to start out from for the 22nd Annual Ladies Run in Fairplay, Colorado that was held on July 12th & 13th but I usually rode along the less traveled route in my past journeys there. This year though I took the main route out of Denver and I have to say that I really enjoyed the ride.

The weather was in our favor with plenty of sunshine as the procession of bikes rolled along steadily climbing through the hills.

There were stops along the way to draw cards for those that had signed up for the poker run and upon arrival in Fairplay, the afternoon was filled with a ride in bike show, a bike rodeo, and a tattoo competition. Saturday night’s entertainment was Slick Machine, a long time Ladies Run favorite, and they had the VFW hall rockin’ until the early morning hours.

Sunday morning brought continued sunshine and the day’s activities starting of with a combination horseshoe/dart competition as was followed by a poker walk. The final activity of the day was a fashion show which has several ladies modeling fashions provided by Outlaw Leathers from Castle Rock. A fun way to end the day before it was time to load up, say your good-byes, and hit the road home.

This is a really great run because it’s not only some of Colorado’s best riding country to get there (regardless of where you start from) but there is also some very cool people in Fairplay who welcome the little bit of craziness that rolls into town once a year.

There was a good turnout with 900 registrations but there were approximately 3500 bikes in town for the week-end. The ladies on the event committee did a good job with the help of the great folks who volunteered and made sure that things ran smoothly.

“It was a really great week-end and we raised $4000 for charity. All the net proceeds from the event are going to support some great causes which include South Park Community Relief Fund, Project Safeguard, Hope House, and Realities for Children,” said Kodi Bryant, Ladies Run event coordinator. For more information on the Ladies Run, check out their web site at www.ladiesrun.com.