Twenty-four bikers hit the road on Saturday in sunny Fairbanks, Alaska, riding in support of the American Red Cross of Alaska’s Service to Armed Forces. The Ride for Red included a poker run and a 50/50 raffle, with proceeds helping the Red Cross of Alaska support veterans, military members, and their families.
“It’s a fun way to raise money,” said organizer and Far North/Interior Executive Director Lori Wilson. “It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy our Alaska summer.”
The ride kicked off at noon, with bikers picking up their first card at Outpost Alaska before traveling through the Goldstream business district to Ivory Jack’s and heading north up the Steese Highway to Chatanika Lodge. After picking up their fourth card at Howling Dog Saloon in Fox, bikers returned to the Outpost where they took a look at their hands and enjoyed an Outpost-sponsored barbecue.
A number of Ride for Red bikers were from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, including David Goldfarb, who said the purpose of the ride was especially significant for him. “Anything I can do to help fellow veterans,” he said, standing in the parking lot of the Chatanika Lodge.
Eric and Ruth Claus from Missouri were stopped at Chena Lake, one month into a five-month road trip when they heard about the event on the radio. “Everyone was very friendly, very welcoming,” Ruth said after completing the ride. She added that the Ride for Red included stops at the “coolest pubs ever. Lots of character and charm!”
Organizer Lori Wilson expressed gratitude to both the participants and sponsors of the Ride for Red. “The stops didn’t bat an eye,” when asked to help out, Lori said, referring to Outpost Alaska, Ivory Jack’s, Chatanika Lodge, and the Howling Dog Saloon. Due to the success of this year’s ride, Lori is already planning for next year. “We made a lot of great connections, so hopefully we’ll see our (participation) numbers double or grow even more!”