The third annual Healing Heroes Ride is scheduled for Oct. 1.
The 100-mile motorcycle poker run, sponsored by Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, will take place along a network of country roads in the scenic Piedmont and the Shenandoah Valley. The popular event raises funds in support of the retreat, which is entirely funded through private donations. Retreat Chairman and founder Ken Falke said the race is a favorite ride for many local motorcyclists, set along scenic routes and offering great prizes, barbecue and entertainment, and offers “a great way to support the health and wellness of our military veterans and their families.” The ride lasts from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and begins at either Patriot Harley Davidson in Fairfax or at VFW Post 9769 in Berryville, and ends at Boulder Crest.
Hundreds of bikers participate each year and more than $60,000 has been raised so far. Entry fees are $30 per rider or $60 per rider and passenger—and includes a poker hand, breakfast, lunch, drinks and entertainment.
John Marshall Bank repeats as the presenting sponsor for the ride. As the father of a wounded Iraq War veteran and a motorcycle enthusiast himself for 45 years, JMB President Bill Ridenour said the event is particularly dear to his heart. To become an individual or corporate sponsor, or to register for the ride, go to bouldercrestretreat.org.