Motorcyclists from throughout the country participated in the Miracle Ride last weekend to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.
The event, which is typically the first weekend after Memorial Day, spans two days — Saturday and Sunday — culminating in the “big ride,” or the Miracle Ride on Sunday.
Miracle Ride Foundation Executive Director Terry Reilly said the event has taken place for two decades.
“We get riders from eight states and every county in Indiana is represented,” Reilly said. “This is our 21st year. This is one of the country’s largest and longest running charity rides. It is among the longest and largest anywhere you’ll find in the United States.”
The weekend kicked off on Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway Park, with what Reilly described as the “party day.”
“The first day of our weekend is Poker Run Day, which is Saturday,” Reilly said. “We have six regional Poker Runs and they feed riders in from all over the state into the Indianapolis area. A Poker Run is a motorcycle biker’s way of how we play poker. What we do is we map out a route and we stop five places along the line and the way we do it is you get a stamp and then you use your stamp to draw cards. We have card dealers. Then the best hand in each ride, the six regional rides, wins for their ride.”
Those six riders then play against each other to determine the order of who gets to pick prizes.
“We have awesome prizes,” Reilly said. “We have a scooter, we have an air conditioning unit for a house, we’ve got a motorcycle maintenance lift … and we also have a ticket package for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Every event that they have in 12 months, they have a pair of tickets.”