Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
Bikers for Barkers

CPHS “Bikers for Barkers” ride coordinators, from left: Randy Condon, Sharee Ritchey and Tracy Saylor mapped out the 120-mile route for this year’s event scheduled for Sunday, July 1. The ride typically draws over 340 riders and will start/finish at Burgi’s Roundhouse in Greenwood. (Courtesy photo)

Motorcycle enthusiasts throughout Central Pennsylvania are going to be “ridin’ good and eatin’ good” thanks to some major changes in the 2007 “Bikers for Barkers” dice run to benefit homeless animals at the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.
The traditional July 4th weekend event will be held on Sunday, July 1 this year and once again will begin and end at Burgi’s Roundhouse (just across the highway from the CPHS shelter off Interstate-99 in Altoona).
“This year though we have an exciting and outstanding menu change as well as a new ride route,” said Dave Hopkins, CPHS Director of Fundraising and Public Relations. “The folks at Burgi’s have teamed up with Clem’s Barbecue to offer up a great meal and our ‘route selection committee’ has mapped out an all-new beautiful ride on some of Central Pennsylvania’s most scenic roads!”
The event will also feature entertainment at Burgi’s by “Rock n’ Rye” a popular local rock duo as well as some fun “biker games” held on the premises.
As always, riders will get a “limited edition” Bikers for Barkers T-shirt, and be eligible for cash prizes and be invited to bid on “top-end” donated items such as a special motorcycle alarm system (including installation) by Krazy Kustomz (Altoona), overnight hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates and a weekend stay (golf or skiing included) at Blue Knob All Season Resort. The auction will be conducted by WTAJ-TV Sports Director Kellie Goodman along with morning news anchor Amy Mearkle.
A raffle will offer up prizes such as apparel signed by motorcycle great Robbie Knievel, a custom scale model Orange County chopper and discount coupons to area motorcycle dealers and shops.
Registration for the ride is $20 per rider. CPHS officials suggest riders register early to expedite check-in procedures on the day of the event. Those who pre-register before the event will greatly speed-up the sign-up procedure on ride day. Pre-registration will be cut-off on Wednesday, June 27 (riders may register on event day at the site).
As a main part of the “dice run” riders will roll dice at the beginning, middle and end of the run and have their scores recorded. Cash prizes will be awarded to the high and low rollers.
Secure parking for riders will be provided at all locations. Check-in registration at Burgi’s runs from 10 a.m. until noon. The ride begins at noon and features one mandatory stop and several “suggested” rest stops.
Last year’s event raised $10,000 for CPHS and drew over 340 riders. For the latest details on this year’s ride, call CPHS’s Dave Hopkins at (814) 942-2477 or pick-up registration forms at area motorcycle dealers and shops, Burgi’s Roundhouse in addition to the shelter.
Sponsors for this year’s event include: Advantage Resource Group, Altoona Pipe & Steel, Apple Harley-Davidson, Blair Orthopedic Associates, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort, Bopin’ Brew, Brew Zoo, Caracciolo Steel & Metal, Cernic’s Suzuki, Comfort Inn, Condon’s Auto Repair, Courtyard by Marriott, Dave’s Sports Collectibles, Dennis Olewine Contractor, Edward Jones Investments (Duncansville), Glenn’s Place, Claysburg, Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, Inc., Hampton Inn Altoona and Hench Brothers, Inc.
Also, Hines Feed Store, Holiday Inn Express, Hostler’s Auto Repair, Jax Cycles, Lakemont Partnership, Keystone Kawasaki, Lakemont Park,, Memories Sports Bar & Grill, McCracken’s Garage, McLaughlin Oil Co., Meadows of Greenwood, Metzler Brothers Tank, Mike Ventre Excavating, North American Communications, Oak Spring Winery, Orwig, Inc., Outta Control Racing, Ramada of Altoona, Bryce Saylor & Sons Crane Service, Richard Sutter & Associates, Rustic Country Furniture, Splish-Splash Auto Bath, Steve Seltzer Honda, Stultz Real Estate, Sully’s Complete Fitness, Summit Athletic Club, Thunder Lane V-Twin, Unlimited Cycle Center, U.S. Hotel, V.I.P. Pet & Aquarium, Wick Copy Center, and (others may be added later).
All the funds raised at the event go towards helping the homeless animals at the shelter.

By Rick