Crescent Moon Cycles hosted the inaugural "Ride for Kicks" Card Run on Sept. 26 to help students at Shinpu-Ren Family Karate school in Prescott Valley obtain their quest for the National Tournament.
Sensei Todd Knightly said the students qualified for the United States Karate Association's July, 2010, National Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico and are looking for financial assistance from the community to pay for the trip.
Knightly said the "Ride for Kicks" event saw 43 riders and 29 bikes cover a course of more than 100 miles, generating more than $500 in entry fees, and donations are still coming in.
"It's always great when the community comes together," he said. "We are trying to really get the public behind this effort and send these kids to the tournament."
Starting at Crescent Moon Cycles in Prescott Valley, the riders made seven stops at different sponsor businesses in the Quad City area including Woodies Chili Dogs, Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Mayer and Chino Valley Cycles. The Ride for Kicks event also included raffles, a bike show and a post-ride wet down.
Spokesman for Crescent Moon Cycles, and member of the Exiled Few riding club, "Rebel" Rouser asked the public to help the kids make the dream come true.
"They came to us looking for a way to generate donations and we are still accepting donations," he said. "This is only one of our projects to help the kids get to nationals."
Rouser said the group also is having a second benefit on Oct. 31 at Antelope Lanes in Prescott Valley. The twin events include a tailgate event and a youth lock-in Halloween party.
Rouser said the tailgater is a perfect opportunity for local businesses to promote their products or services and help the community at the same time. The no-admission charge tailgater features Trick-or-Treating, costume contests and more for the kids and teens. Those interested can call Lori Morris at 928-308-5397 for more details.
In addition to the tailgater, Antelope Lanes also is hosting an all-night lock-in party from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Halloween night.
The $20 admission includes Karaoke, food, prizes and more.