Plenty to Do at Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The 29th Annual Tomahawk Fall Ride for Muscular Dystrophy is underway.

The event, which brings in roughly 40,000 bikers, continues throughout the weekend.

You can't miss the masses of motorcycles as they ride into Tomahawk, population: 3,700.

"At the end of summer it's kind of like the last opportunity to get together and socialize," said rider Calvin Hudson.

And they're riding for a reason.

The Fall Ride is expected to raise more than $100,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"We provide services like clinics, we help with the purchases of wheelchairs, doctors visits, therapy, support group sessions, communication devices," said Andrew Gillis, executive director of MDA.

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic diseases that cause weakness and degeneration of muscles which control movement.

All the money raised goes to MDA. In fact, a big chunk of their annual budget is funded by supporters of this event.

"We would have to find ways to raise that money through other ways and other sources and it would be difficult this year to do that," Gillis said.

While there's a lot to keep visitors occupied, at the Fall Ride, it's all about the Harleys.

"We've got fun rides for the riders to come out and participate in. We've got four different routes," said Gillis.

With great food, live music, and street dances, there's a lot ot like.

"The variety of people and all the different bikes and the food....I like the food!" said James Mischke, of Tomahawk.

And anyone can appreciate the impressive line-up of bikes, each one different than the last.

"It's the attitude, it's the personality. You can do whatever you want to your motorcycle and it will be unique," said Andi Stelpflug, event manager for Harley-Davidson.

The motorcycle maker is offering free motorcycle demos for licensed riders.

With so much support, it's certain the Fall Ride will continue for many years to come.

"Til I can't walk anymore!" Mischke replied.

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