By Diana Olmstead
On Sunday, August 23rd the Quick Throttle staff hopped on our bikes bright and early to make our way to Destination Harley-Davidson in Tacoma where riders were meeting up to take part in the much anticipated Children’s Ride 20.
After a brisk hour and a half ride we pulled into the dealership at about 8:30am. After we parked the first thing we did was head over to the Children’s Ride registration tables to sign in and pick up our packet. The cost of the Ride was $50 per person and it included a limited Edition CR 20 Patch, participation in the escorted ride, a T-shirt, pin, lunch & entrance to NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing at Pacific Raceways.
After we registered we walked over to an area in the parking lot that had been set up so that all of the riders could enjoy a complimentary breakfast catered by Cafe’ Pacific, which the dealership had graciously provided.
At 9:30am a spokesperson with the Children’s Ride Guild along with radio personality Spike O’Neill and former NFL player Chad Eaton addressed the crowd of riders to discuss how this charity event helps families with children at Children’s Hospital through the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Program. This vital program helps thousands of local families pay for the medical bills directly associated with treating a sick or injured child at the hospital.
At about 9:45 a safety meeting was held to go over the route and logistics of the ride which was being led by the Pierce County Sheriff Department.
At 11am kickstands were up and we were off! We exited the dealership, along with a line of 175 motorcycles and merged onto I-5 heading northbound. We then caught I-90 approaching downtown Seattle heading east until we merged onto Hwy 18 and over Tiger Pass which led us to Pacific Raceways. All total the ride took about an hour and a half.
When we pulled into Pacific Raceways to park it took a bit of time as we had to cross over the tracks exit area which is how the drag cars exit the track. Once everyone had parked their bikes, they stripped off their helmets and their jackets as the sun was out and it was actually quite hot.
Not far from the track entrance was the designated lunch area. Riders were served pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches, a bag of chips and a bottle of water. Several tables and chairs had been set up nearby underneath a canopy to provide a shaded seating and dining area. That was quite nice.
After the riders ate they made their way to the grandstands to watch the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series featuring top alcohol dragsters and funny cars which reached speeds of 260 mph! The cars were loud and they were fast!
When it was all said and done this year’s ride had 275 registered participants (including Posse Riders who paid $250-$350 per person) who raised approximately $20,000 in total registration! Between the Ride on Sunday and the Auction that took place at Lawless Harley-Davidson the night before, this years Children’s Ride 20 raised an estimated $160,000 for the Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care Program.