Give Back During Miracle Ride at Lucas Oil Raceway
Monday, May 20, 2013 11:00 PM by Eric Ivie
Motorcycles will fill Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana for the 20th Annual Miracle Ride May 31 through June 2, but when thousands of people fire up thousands of bikes at the Hendricks County track that weekend, it's not for any ordinary race. Instead, it's for a race against time to benefit Riley Hospital for Children. I love doing stuff for kids. In fact, as I write this blog, I can barely move my arms and legs because this old fat body played softball over the weekend in the Maeci & Gracie Give Back tournament in Avon. As a result of the tourney, the foundation is able to grant wishes to two local kids battling cancer, so my warmed heart is worth the sore limbs. When I discover, an activity where people are helping kids, I'm interested. I think my editor -- who's still mad about the Visit Hendricks County Night Before the 500 tickets, by the way -- knew this about me when he mentioned the Miracle Ride. In a nutshell, the Miracle Ride was the idea of two guys -- Rod Taylor and Michael Farabaugh -- who wanted to help kids at Riley Hospital. The inaugural event in 1994 was a success, raising more than $21,000. It has grown over the years, to the point that last year's Miracle Ride brought in a staggering $350,000! When this year's event is over, a cumulative total of more than $4 million will have been donated to Riley Hospital by Miracle Ride. On Friday, May 31, motorcycle enthusiasts and spectators converge on Lucas Oil Raceway for the first of three days' worth of activities. There's going to be drag racing, a poker run, vendors, a silent auction, kids' games, a bike show, live music and more. You can see the entire schedule by clicking here. The drag racing portion of the event is called Draggin' for Riley. Sponsored by Indy West Harley-Davidson in Plainfield, anyone who enters a Top Fuel Harley, a Super Pro, or a Street ET bike can gun it down the drag strip in hopes of earning any of the multiple purses worth a combined total of $15,000. Then on Sunday, June 2, it's time for the Big Ride. Staging for the Big Ride is at Allison Transmission in Indianapolis. At 11 a.m. sharp, thousands of motorcyclists thunder through Indianapolis, take a lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and head toward Riley Hospital. As Riley kids and their families watch the riders pass right in front of the hospital, the Big Ride gives participants the opportunity to see exactly who they're benefitting, and it gives the beneficiaries a nice diversion from their medical issues. Interested in participating in the Miracle Ride events and in the Big Ride itself? You can still register online, but you have to hurry! Online registration, which guarantees an event t-shirt, ends Wednesday, May 22, so click here to register, and do it now! (You can also register in person at the event, but you're not guaranteed a shirt.) Some participants will want to take advantage of special discounted rates and stay at the Raceview Family Campground, right next to Lucas Oil Raceway. Others might be seeking the comforts of a hotel, in which case Visit Hendricks County can help you find where to stay. We also have some suggestions for where to eat. Get more information at Miracle Ride's website and Facebook page, and then enjoy doing a really great thing for the kids at Riley Hospital.