Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

4th Annual Thunder Run – Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  October 31, 2011

Saturday October 1, Worth Harley-Davidson and Van Chevrolet hosted their 4th Annual Thunder Run event for Juvenile Diabetes. This is not just your average benefit ride, Worth Harley-Davidson pulled out all of the bells and whistles, and this is an EVENT.
My beautiful, sunny 80-degree day started out at Worth Harley-Davidson with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. All registrants were entered to win a new 2011 Chevrolet Silverado that was customized by KC Trends and/or a new 2011 Harley-Davidson Blackline; a free custom paint job for a motorcycle valued at up to $3500; and a free ticket to see the concert and giveaway that were to be raffled off later that evening.
For all who were attending, Worth was gracious enough to offer a free lunch at 11 a.m., which included freshly grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and brats, chips, cookies and all the condiments to seal the deal. The only thing better than free food, is good free food. As noon approached, the approximately 150 riders were informed it was kickstands up. Mary Neery a Road Captain of the Northland Chapter of the Harley Owners Group, led the riders out on the 100-plus mile ride through the beautiful northern Kansas City countryside stopping at several locations for each rider to roll his dice for the dice run portion of the day. After winding through some amazing two-lane country highways, the route finally led us back to Worth Harley-Davidson to regroup for the big finale of the festivities.
I had to cut the day short but was told later that after a short break, Worth staff members and a whole lot of bikes and other people headed to Downtown Kansas City to 18th and Locust for the concert and giveaways. Playing the venue at Grinders West Crossroads was Cimino, Black Oxygen and Shaman's Harvest. Upon arrival at Crossroads everyone immediately was assisted by members of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) who worked the doors and accepted entrance donations. Their mere presence had to be a deterrent for anyone acting crazy. Although some of the nicest guys you will ever meet, they can appear very intimidating.
So while the bands each took the stage and played, the people partied, the raffle giveaways were held, and the lucky sons of a guns received their amazing gifts. Then the evening started to wind down. Another amazing event to raise money to assist with finding the cure for Juvenile Diabetes was in the books and without a hitch.
This writer was informed that with all the help from the spectacular sponsors, approximately $20,000 was raised and contributed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help finance finding a cure for Juvenile Diabetes. So a special KUDOS and THANKS must go to first and foremost Rick Worth and the amazing staff at Worth Harley-Davidson for their generous time and contributions, to Van Chevrolet, and also to KC Trends. I can’t wait until next year and the 5th Annual Thunder Run. Make sure you put the event as a must do. So next year, please remember everything, and everyone counts and can make a difference in a child’s life.
By Danny Webb