WINNIPEG - Over 1,500 motorcycles will rev-up their engines in unison in the fight against prostate cancer Saturday, May 25, 2019. The roar of thunder happens at 10:00 AM at Earls Polo Park for the official start of the 11TH annual TELUS Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad. Since 2009 the Motorcycle Ride for Dad (MRFD) has raised over $2.1M for prostate cancer research and education in Manitoba. This year’s goal is to raise over $350,000 which would bring the eleven year total to over $2.45M.
Organizers are asking all registered Riders to pick-up their Rider gift packages at the pre-registration evenings May 23 and 24, 4:00 to 8:00 PM, Earls Polo Park, and also to arrive early on Saturday, May 25 to avoid line-ups. The registration table, merchandise and various sponsor tents open at 8:00 AM Ride Day. You must be registered to ride. All riders will receive a coloured wrist band for clear display on their handlebars.
The first leg of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad is a police escorted parade from Polo Park to Assiniboia Downs. The Ride then heads north to Selkirk, Gimli and back, culminating with a huge wind-up and awards reception at Cowboys - Canad Inns Windsor Park, 4:00 PM. The wind-up event features a delicious meal courtesy of Danny’s Barbeque & Smokehouse, as well as a 50/50 draw and prize raffle.
Joining the Motorcycle Ride for Dad official start as Celebrity Ride Captains are women’s motocross champion and Monster Truck driver, Ami Houde; Winnipeg Blue Bomber Alumni, Doug Brown and Obby Khan; and CTV News anchor, Gord Leclerc. Also on hand for the official start are members of the Winnipeg Police Association; RCMP; Winnipeg Fire Paramedic; MRFD Media Easy Riders; sponsor representatives; and elected officials.
The co-chairs of the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad are Moe Sabourin, President, Winnipeg Police Association and Kirk Van Alstyne, Patrol Sergeant (retired), Winnipeg Police Service.
Event spokesperson and prostate cancer survivor, Ed Johner, said the goal for the 11TH Ride for Dad is “to break the record for number of registered riders, 1,510 and pledge donations, $355,000 set in 2017. 100 percent of pledge donations stay in Manitoba for prostate cancer research and education,” said Johner. The Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad is supported by TELUS, national title sponsor and PlayNow.com, regional presenting sponsor. Corporate sponsorship underwrites MRFD administration expenses.
Riders may register online at www.ridefordad.ca/manitoba
If you are not a rider, you can still register and collect pledges as a Ride Champion and be eligible for all prizes and the Captains Club for raising $1,000 or more in pledges. There is no registration fee to be a Ride Champion.