Dixie Iron recruiting participants for cross-state ride

The Dixie Iron Riders are recruiting motorcycle riders and passengers for a cross-state ride to raise awareness and funds for Boys and Girls Clubs from Johnson City to Memphis and everywhere in between.

The Cruising for our Club Kids event starts June 26 in Johnson City and ends the evening of June 27 in Memphis.

Dixie Iron Riders president Mike Kirby said the ride leaves the Johnson City Boys and Girls Club at about 9 a.m. following a breakfast and then proceeds to the Knoxville Boys and Girls club between 11:30 a.m. and noon for lunch. “When we leave there, we’re going to go to the Murfreesboro Boys and Girls Club and have supper and then everyone is going to stay in Nashville,” he said.

The morning of June 27, the ride participants will meet at the Nashville Boys and Girls Club for breakfast and then ride to the Jackson Boys and Girls Club for lunch. “From there we’ll go to Memphis and arrive at 3 p.m. for a two-hour tour of Graceland before we go to the Boys and Girls Club for dinner,” he said.

Kirby said Pilot Corp. has donated $75 in gas cards for each rider for fuel. “That’s compliments of (Knoxville Mayor and gubernatorial candidate) Bill Haslam,” Kirby said. “We’ll stop at Pilot stations about every 100 miles or so.”

Kirby said members of the Dixie Iron Riders motorcycle riding organization started talking a year ago about this ride. “We were talking about doing a state-wide ride for awareness for an organization. We’re real tight with the Boys and Girls club. Bill Kilgore, our public information officer, is on their board. He presented it to them eight or nine months ago, and they jumped on board 100 percent,” Kirby said. “We’re doing it, not so much as a fundraiser but more as an awareness for them.”

Kirby said the cost is $250 per bike rider, $125 per passenger and the cost of lodging and fuel comes out of those fees. Because riders are also getting $75 fuel cards from Pilot, that makes the trip even more affordable, said Kirby. “It doesn’t cost a lot to ride. You can’t make that ride for $500,” he said. “Basically what we’re hoping to pay back into the Boys and Girls Club is $100 a bike.”

“It has been great. The only thing we need is riders.”

Kirby said he and Kilgore will be handing out fliers promoting the race at bike night events throughout the area. The organization president said participants also do not have to ride the entire way to be part of the event.

“You don’t have to make the whole ride. If you stay all night in Nashville, you pay the whole amount, but if you elect not to stay in Nashville, a portion of the price is deducted from the ride fee,” he said. “You can join ride at any Boys and Girls location where we stop.”

For more information go to Dixieiron.com or call 865-388-9157 or 865-323-5518.

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