Bright and Sunny Start to the 40th Annual Redwood Run
At 7:30 this morning, crews were laying down the finishing touches for the 2017 Redwood Run, an old school biker rally, celebrating its 40th anniversary. According to Lisa Gribi, who’s helping run this year’s games, the sun was burning off the fog and burnishing the cliffs with gold. The recent rain knocked down the dust and left a sparkling blue sky.
Gribi says this year there will be two days of games. “Today, we are starting with a rider and passenger agility test,” she explained. In this game which will start about 10 a.m., traffic cones are topped with tennis balls and the passenger on a motorcycle team has to pick the balls up as the driver weaves the big machine in between the cones and then the course is repeated while the passenger replaces the balls. The most accurate placement wins.
Other games today include bikers negotiating a thin plank placed on the ground, a musical chair type game that requires finding the last potato, a bubble gum blowing contest (hint: it involves a pie) and a contest that involves blowing up a balloon with an air pump as a team.
The veteran’s color guard, the Anthem, and the 21 gun salute are always touching in this beautiful setting. This will begin at 1 p.m.
This year, on the river bar, the Run offers a new area with a live DJ offering music at the Kickstand Lounge under a tent so that relaxing next to the beautiful Eel is easy.
Other highlights include the Beer Olympics all weekend at the beer booth–drink beer and walk a balance beam, throw a frisbee into a basket, hopscotch, and do the limbo—an onsite photo Scavenger Hunt where the prize is two tickets to the Run for next year, and a novelty photo booth to document the fun.
Have fun and please be alert for motorcycles as you drive.