BIKERS WILL REV UP TO RIDE FOR CHARITY.
Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer
If it's November, then that sound you'll hear Sunday - the growl of 20,000 motorcycles snaking up the Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964. - can only mean that the 15th annual Love Ride charity fund-raiser is in town.
The annual event, which has ended up at Castaic Lake Castaic Lake is a lake on Castaic Creek formed by Castaic Dam, in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, near the town of Castaic. The 323,700 acre foot lake (399,000,000 m³) is the terminus of the West Branch of the California Aqueduct, though some comes from the 154 mi² since 1993, raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is an organization founded in 1950 which combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general by funding research, providing medical and community services, and educating health professionals . This year, organizers expect 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in the 50-mile ride that begins at 10 a.m. in Glendale.
Participants pay a minimum of $50 to join the two-wheeled parade of helmets, leather and biker boots, and this year's ride is expected to generate $1 million in donations to the charity that helps victims of the chronic, degenerative disease A degenerative disease is a disease in which the function or structure of the affected tissues or organs will progressively deteriorate over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such as exercise or eating habits. .
Initial Love Rides journeyed to a park in the Malibu hills, but the event has become so popular that organizers switched to Castaic Lake State Recreation Area Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is a protected area located in southern California. External links
That's just fine with the folks in Castaic, said local town councilman and school board member Greg Ferrier. ``The community has been receptive. We're really happy with (organizers and participants), and they seem to be really happy with us,'' he said.
Tickets are available for the post-ride barbecue and concert at the lower lake. The celebration gets under way at 11 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m., with entertainment by the Steve Miller Band The Steve Miller Band (1967-present) is a Blues & Classic Rock band, led by rock singer, Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals. History
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Admission to the concert and barbecue, catered by Tony Roma's Tony Roma's is a casual dining chain restaurant specializing in baby back ribs. The first location was established in 1972 in North Miami, Florida, by the eponymous founder, and today there are roughly 260 locations in 27 countries comprising 32 territories. , is $50, and tickets will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the park, 32100 Ridge Route Road.
Lt. Carl Deeley of the sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. station has joined two previous Love Rides and plans to be aboard his Harley Davidson for this weekend's event.
``When you go to the Love Ride, you're going to find every mix, from teachers to lawyers to doctors. I find people from all walks of life,'' Deeley said, including numerous deputies from the Santa Clarita station and the Pitchess Detention Center.
One of the best parts of the day, he noted, is watching the response of spectators along the way, ``having all the people waving from the (freeway) overpasses,'' he said.
Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Norlemann is another Love Ride veteran who is helping coordinate the event this year.
``I've ridden it before. You've got an 18,000- to 20,000-bike procession all the way up to Castaic Lake. It's quite a feeling to have that many people stand on the overpasses on the freeway and wave to you,'' Norlemann said. ``It's like a big parade. Everybody roars up there together.''
The post-ride party is a celebration of biker camaraderie, music and motorcycle merchandise.
``If you enjoy people-watching, you probably couldn't pick a better venue,'' Deeley added. ``And you get people from all over the country who come out here for this.''
For information on Love Ride 15, call the 24-hour hotline at (818) 246-5618, Ext. 7.