Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

5th Annual Thunder Run for JDRF - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  August 1, 2012

On Saturday June 30, 2012, Worth Harley-Davidson hosted their 5th Annual Thunder Run Event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This incredible charity event included an 82-mile ride, with approximately 350 bikes and 450 riders. The ride was led by Jesse James Dupree, the lead singer and guitarist of JACKYL, and local and regional radio personalities Johnny Dare and Moose from Kansas City radio station 98.9 The Rock. 

The day started with a combined effort of more than 100 Worth Harley-Davidson employees, Northland H.O.G. members, the Worth Girls, and numerous JDRF volunteers, who were busy scurrying around in preparation for the day. They helped with parking, and were busy distributing free bottles of ice cold water for all in attendance. Volunteers were also busy accepting donations, answering questions, and preparing all of the riders and attendees for the ride.

On the main stage of Worth’s newly constructed events center, Johnny Dare and Moose of 98.9 The Rock welcomed Jesse James Dupree as he rode in on the new Jesse James American Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey branded 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide, which will be raffled off during the Sturgis rally this year. After Jessie arrived, Jason Williamson, General Sales Manager of Worth Harley-Davidson welcomed the more than 1,500 attendees in the capacity-packed venue and adjacent parking lot, and thanked everyone for supporting the JDRF cause. He then introduced the two Juvenile Diabetes ambassadors Kylie Erickson (diagnosed at age 11) and Andrew Faitz (diagnosed at age 6).

Around 2 p.m., the Northland H.O.G. Chapter Ride Captain gave everyone the ride route and instructions, and kickstands were up for a blistering 100 plus degree sunshiny day. The group left Worth Harley-Davidson with Jesse James Dupree, Johnny Dare and Moose leading the procession of motorcycles out the back parking lot. With the huge number of bikes, it took almost 10 minutes for all bikes to leave the facility. Riding in a staggered formation, the group headed through the beautiful northland countryside toward Kansas, and returned back around 5:30 p.m.

As the group returned, a live rock and roll band began playing on stage. Chris Cofield of CC Custom Graphics was there, with examples of his artistic ability and custom airbrush artwork. The 98.9 The Rock remote transmission truck was taking requests, and Bike Works Unlimited from Raytown, Missouri was busy installing accent lighting while you waited. Ryan, the owner and inventor of Hawg Clips was also present solving everyone’s beverage and electronic carrying needs. All of this was taking place while the beautiful Worth Girls wandered throughout the parking lot taking pictures with guests, and making sure the crowds stayed hydrated by handing out ice cold bottle water.

In between the musical acts, the raffle was held, and one lucky winner was presented with a 2012 Harley Davidson Dyna Switchback, from all from the $10 raffle ticket. And to top off the evening off, Nigel Dupree and the Nigel Dupree Band rocked everyone late into the night.

In summary, as most everyone in the Kansas City area knows, Worth Harley-Davidson supports almost any cause or charity event that is thrown their way, and prides themselves on giving back to not only the biker community, but for the entire Kansas City community. Although when it comes to the JDRF Worth Harley Davison goes absolutely all out.

This is the 5th year Worth Harley-Davidson has supported a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, and was able to raise approximately $25,000 from the 1,500 plus riders at this wonderful event. I can’t wait until next year to see how the folks at Worth top this event!

By Danny Webb