By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Charity rides are showing good results so far in the 93rd edition of Laconia Motorcycle Week.
Jennifer Anderson, director of Laconia Motorcycle Week, said at a press conference held at the Naswa Resort Tuesday that the 3rd annual Mae West Memorial Pet Run, which was held Monday morning, drew over 125 riders and raised over $10,000 for the New Hampshire Humane Society.
The event, sponsored by Sick Boy Motorcycles, is named for cat that Charlie St. Clair, executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week, adopted from the Humane Society and was his pet for 12 years.
St. Clair noted that "every penny raised goes to the Humane Society" and said that additional funds are still anticipated for the event.
Cynthia Makris, president of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said that the 10th annual Peter Makris Memorial Run, which was held Saturday morning and kicks off Motorcycle Week activities, raised over $45,000. She said that bikers are very generous and help support many charitable activities.
Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams said that the event has been very peaceful with well-behaved crowds and under a dozen arrests, mostly for public intoxication, in the first three days.
He said that the weather forecast "for 80s and sunny the rest of the week" means that the crowds will get larger heading into the weekend.
Anderson said a large turnout is expected today for the annual motorcycle hill climb event which is being held by the Ridge Runners Club on Route 118 in Canaan. She said there was a lot of activity at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, including vintage racing and demonstration rides from seven different motorcycle manufacturers.
St. Clair said that some 230 people took part on a cruise Monday night aboard the M/S Mount Washington which left from Weirs Beach.
"It was a nice ride, very relaxing," he said.
Upcoming rides include a Gypsy Tour of covered bridges today, which leaves Rally Headquarters on Lakeside Avenue at 10:30 a.m. The 200-mile ride will take riders to, and in some cases, across, several wooden covered bridges.
The 23rd POW/MIA Freedom Ride, on Thursday, June 16, will line up beginning at 5 p.m. in the Lowe's parking lot on Lakeshore Road/Route 11 in Guilford, and the ride will begin at 6 p.m. It will bring riders to the New Hampshire POW/MIA memorial at Husky Park in Meredith, where a vigil will be held at 7 p.m.
On Friday, June 17, the inaugural We Love Laconia Motorcycle Week Ride, featuring celebrities and Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, will be held. The two-hour guided tour leaves from Rally Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. and ends at the Laconia Roadhouse. Fee is $50 per rider, $25 per passenger, and includes swag, catered lunch, parking and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Laconia Motorcycle Week.
Donna Lucas and Cindy Grasso are among the group joining Samantha Campana, Leticia Cline, Lilly James and Kissa Von Adams of the Orlando Iron Lilies for their group ride to the Kancamagus Highway from Laconia Harley Davidson on Tuesday morning. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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