Laughlin River Run 2013 Ramps up Next Week
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Daytona Beach Bike Week
got the motorcycle rally season kicked off, Arizona Bike Week stoked the fire, and the action only keeps getting hotter as the summer nears. Next up is the 2013 Laughlin River Run
, the 31st annual biker bash in the Mojave of Nevada.
One of the defining characteristics of the River Run is its gambling connection. The rally takes place in the shadows of a string of casinos, from the Aquarius to the Hilton, with the green waters of the Colorado River bordering them. It’s within easy striking distance of Vegas, LA, and Phoenix, with historic US Route 66 a stone’s throw away. The desert comes alive with color during the spring, and destinations with ‘Old West’ charm like Oatman, Arizona are always a popular draw. Just be sure to bring some carrots for the local burros.
The River Run will take place from April 24-28 this year. Vendors will stretch down the length of Casino Drive while country star Travis Tritt will get the party boogieing Friday night at The E Center. Other bands listed on this year’s concert series include Blood, Sweat and Tears with Foghat, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Mickey Gilley. Highlights of the event schedule include the Ms. Laughlin River Run Contest with a $1000 cash prize going to the winner. More dough will be up for grabs in the 2013 Custom Bike Show at the Colorado Belle, with first place garnering the lion’s share at $750. One of our favorite things to do in the past is the Early Bird Poker Run, with $1500 in cash and merchandise being divvied up between the winners. It’s also a great way to see the surrounding area because the route generally swings over to Kingman before striking out into the desert. There’s also an American Veterans Charity Poker Run benefitting Tri-State Veterans for a $10 donation, so not only do you get to have fun riding around and drawing poker cards, you’ll be helping out vets to boot. First place gets a 2014 River Run Room package to sweeten the pot.
One word to the wise. Bring some sunscreen, because we’ve been there when the thermometer hit 105-degrees. In April. Of course, one year we had to buy a hoody in Kingman because it was so dang chilly, too, so come prepared.
Our man Dawes will be hitting it up on our behalf this year, so keep an eye out for a rally review in the coming weeks. We also warned him to keep his cuts at home because police presence has been heavy since the Hells Angels/Mongols brouhaha back in 2002. Of course, his cuts usually say 'Alpinestars' or 'Icon,' so we think he'll be OK. Ride on!
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