Throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, more than 1,000 motorcyclists will ride together to raise funds for the March of Dimes mission to give all babies a fighting chance.
Locally, the 12th Annual Bikers for Babies will take place Saturday, October 3. The event will have three separate start locations, which is a new feature this year to cater to our motorcycle following and raise more awareness of the March of Dimes mission. The Southern Maryland start will be at Atlantic Cycle and Power in White Plains, Maryland. Northern Virginia’s start will be at Coleman Power Sports in Woodbridge, Virginia. The third location will be at Glen Burnie Motorsports in Glen Burnie, Maryland. All three escorted rides will finish at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The family-friendly after party is provided courtesy of Six Flags America and will include entertainment by Over the Weekend, a bike show, tattoo contest, auction, vendors, corn hole, moon bounce and more.
This year, more than 35,000 people will participate in Bikers for Babies rides across the country. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the fun and activities. Individual riders, as well as club members, spectators and families can register online and join to help fund life-saving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Tickets bought online prior to the event are $30 and include entry into the after party, an event pin, a patch and a discount for tickets to Six Flags FrightFest. Ticket price is $35 the day of the event and does not include the patch. Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes efforts to helps moms and babies through research, advocacy, education and community programs.
“The March of Dimes Bikers for Babies event is actually three escorted rides of compassionate, dedicated bikers all converging at one location to celebrate the fight of giving all babies a healthy start in life,” said Jennifer Abell, director of the Suburban Maryland March of Dimes. “I often ask others, ‘What if the hardest day of your life was your first?’ and am touched by the show of solidarity, compassion and commitment evident when hundreds of motorcyclists roar down the roads to bring awareness to healthier babies in our community.”
Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the United States today. It affects more than half a million babies each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to have lifelong disabilities or not even reach their first birthday. The March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families.
To register for Bikers for Babies, learn more about the event including volunteer, vendor and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.bikersforbabies.org/dmv , or contact Jennifer Abell at the March of Dimes, (571) 257-2310.
Local sponsorship and leadership is provided by: Walton, Riders Insurance, Coleman PowerSports, Atlantic Cycle and Power, and Glen Burnie Motorsports.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.