Throttles N Gears takes off for cancer

Annual Cancer Run being held in Velva under new name

Submitted Photo Throttles N Gears Annual Cancer Run offers a variety of activities besides the motorcycle run itself. Activities include the burnout competition and the tire pull.

Cancer is something that many have had to deal with in some way, whether it be a personal fight or one of someone you know. The people behind Throttles N Gear want to make a difference for those affected by cancer and help make things a little easier for families.

The way they do this is through an annual motorcycle run that this year will be held Saturday in Velva. Registration starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street, and they will take off on their ride for cancer at noon.

Starting off in Velva, the run will go 117 miles through Berthold, Caprio, Foxholm, Ruthville, Minot and Surrey, and then end back in Velva at the rodeo grounds.

“We help families on our riding area past and present. Each year we choose a different route. We do not choose a different route to exclude anyone, but we choose a different route each year because so many people want to participate,” said Stephanie Wright of Throttles N Gear.

Wright said everyone is welcome to join. The cost is $20 per vehicle and $10 per rider with kids riding for free.

“Proceeds will be benefiting those living with cancer,” said Wright.

The fun doesn’t end when the ride is over. A variety of post ride bike and foot games are planned, including a burnout competition with a custom made burnout box and a tire pull.

“My favorite game to watch has to be the tire pull. A passenger must hook a towed tire behind a bike. They then ride the tire across the finish line,” explained Wright. “It is guaranteed a few laughs.”

Prizes include a cash prize for the burnout competition, custom trophies, and a grand prize won by raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $20 at Magic City Harley Davidson, Velva C-Store, or from a New Horizon MC member.

Line Burger and Brew will be serving food after the ride and drinks from Lariat Bar will be served at the Saddle Club for those of age. Lariat Bar will also be hosting an after party featuring Whiskey Rebellion for entertainment.

“I think people enjoy being part of a large group. A place where you can feel the buzz of humanity doing good things. You feel it in your chest when the engines rev, you feel it in your gut as you take off on the open road. You feel it in your heart when you meet people that are directly affected by cancer,” said Wright about what she thinks people enjoy and will enjoy. “Every year I get goosebumps while starting to ride.

Their goal is to help make someone’s life easier in the present until the day cancer is just some disease of the past, according to Wright.

They invite anyone out for their annual ride to help those facing cancer have less to worry about during their fight. The annual run helps them do that through the funds they earn.