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March 26, 2012

Ride for the Troops coming in April

Organizers encourage show of support along route.

Kokomo — For the 10th straight year, several hundred bikers from around the state will roar out of Kokomo’s Darrough Chapel Park for the annual Ride for the Troops April 29.

Motorcycles will leave the park, home to the Howard County Veterans Memorial, at 1:30 p.m. Riders will travel approximately 75 miles through Kokomo, Tipton, Elwood and Greentown, showing their support and patriotism for those serving the country.

The ride began in 2003. Over the years more than 5,164 bikers have participated in the ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) foundation event, said Tammy Gilbert, one of the founding members of the ride.

“We like for people to come and show their support for those who serve our country and for the veterans who have served,” she said. “It’s a very important ride for families of service men and women. We also have a lot of riders who are service people and active veterans, and it means a lot to them. Come out and wear your red, white and blue.”

The event is open to the public. There is no cost. The only thing organizers ask is that participants display their patriotism.

“Those who don’t ride can still come out and show their support along the route,” said Gilbert.

Bikers will leave Darrough Chapel Park and travel south on Goyer Road. When they reach Southway Boulevard, bikers will head west then turn south on Albright Road, west on Alto Road and south on Cartwright Drive.

When they reach Center Road, bikers will turn west and head toward U.S. 31. They will turn south on U.S. 31 and ride to Ind. 28, before turning east to ride through Tipton and Elwood.

As they leave Elwood, bikers will take Ind. 37 north to Ind. 22, then head west through Greentown and back to Darrough Chapel Park.

The ride will be canceled in the event of storms.

For more information, call Yacky Byers at 765-868-8232 or Tammy Gilbert at 765-860-3635.

Mike Fletcher, Tribune crime reporter, may be reached at 765-454-8565 or via e-mail at mike.fletcher@kokomotribune.com

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