Originally Published: September 22, 2010 9:27 a.m.
Bill Noe knows a good cause when he sees one, and if it has to do with motorcycles, he's on board.
Noe is one of the organizers of the Yavapai Motorsports Fun Run on Sept. 25, the first-ever gathering of bikers, antique and classic car owners and their fans at the invitation of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Yavapai chapter, at Pioneer Park in Prescott.
Registration fee is $30 per person, or $45 for rider and passenger. Fun Run check-in starts at 9 a.m. and closes at noon on Sept. 25, with the first bike hitting the road at 10 a.m. Bike games start at 1:30 p.m.
Noe's a retired law enforcement officer and member of the Blue Knights. He's also an avid motorcyclist and has taught motorcycle safety, and in fact, rode in the 9-11 Freedom Ride in Prescott this past weekend, among the many benefit rides he's done over the years. Along with horseback riding, motorcycling is a big part of Noe's life.
"I have a great love for riding. Motorcycling is an activity that takes me away from the concerns of life. Like the freedom of being on a horse, there's freedom on a motorcycle."
So when Alyce Ayers of the United Way of Yavapai County heard about Noe's experience with motorcycles and benefit runs, she contacted him and he was an easy sell. "It's a good cause to help all of the communities in Yavapai County and it's a fun deal," Noe said.
United Way hopes to use the proceeds for its Community Impact initiative, which optimizes donor dollars through collaborative programs among the non-profit service agencies that help individuals in need.
The Fun Run is a scenic cruise around Northern Arizona's most picturesque locales on motorcycles, classic cars or any cars and trucks people want to drive. The day's activities will include an observation ride, bike games, musical entertainment, an antique car show, vendor showcase and prize drawings. Participants will receive a free lunch and a souvenir pin.
For information, visit www.unitedwayyavapai.org or call Bill Noe at 710-6925.