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A run to remember

Local American Legion Riders to ride for families of fallen military members.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders, including those from the Bremerton chapter, will spend next Saturday riding throughout the state for a good cause.

The fifth annual American Legion Riders Remembrance Run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 in Vancouver, Wash. The event helps raise money for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for children of fallen military members to attend college.

“It’s important to us because the parents have paid the ultimate prize and want to be able to see their kids go to college and the least we can do is financially help them do what their parents wanted,” American Legion Riders state quartermaster Dave Marsland said.

He said pre-registration for the motorcycle run ended yesterday, but people can register the day of at any of the meeting points along the route.

“They can always register down at the site or wherever they meet us,” Marsland said. “They can meet up at any one of the stops.”

Marsland said last year’s Remembrance Run drew about 120 motorcycles and American Legion Riders would like to see an even larger turnout at this year’s event so they can raise even more money for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund.

“We always want to beat what we did last year. I believe last year was $10,500,” he said.

The American Legion Riders Remembrance Run begins at 9 a.m. in Vancouver, Wash. The group will head up I-5, making a few stops along the way, before ending at the International Peace Arch in Blaine. Riders can then go to Bellingham for dinner (at an additional cost) at American Legion Post 7.

“We go from Vancouver (Wash.) straight up I-5 to Blaine then back down to Bellingham for dinner,” Marsland said.

He added that people can donate money to the American Legacy Scholarship Fund without participating in the Remembrance Run.

For more information on the American Legion Riders Remembrance Run or how to make a contribution, visit the American Legion Riders’ Washington state Web site at www.alrwa.org or the Remembrance Run Web site at www.remembrancerun.org.

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