POMEROY — The 31st annual Meigs County Memorial Day Run returns this weekend to the Pomeroy levee.
The run has become the largest in southeast Ohio with an estimated 2,700 bikes participating in last year’s ride.
The “run” has turned into a three-day event which starts on Friday, May 27 with music and vendors on the Pomeroy parking lot, and on Saturday, May 28, a “poker run” will take place as well as a bike show.
However, the run itself is Sunday with the first bike out of the parking lot at 1 p.m. Commemorative t-shirts will also be available for sale. All bikes and bikers are welcome to participate in the run which turns into the longest “unofficial parade” in Meigs County. Bikers come each year from all over the country, including from as far away as Alaska.
In addition to catching up with friends and family, the run has become a major tourist attraction for Pomeroy with the village allowing a portion of Main Street to be closed on Sunday to allow bikers to park on the street as well as in the parking lot. This allows visitors to literally walk down Main Street and look at all the bikes up close and personal, making it a fun destination for families as well. Local businesses also benefit financially from the convergence of thousands of bikes and those who arrive to see them.
The run itself began as a tribute to fallen brothers and sisters in the biker community by those “family” members left behind. After all, friends are the family we choose and nobody knows this better than the family of bikers. The original route would travel past the graves of those in the biker community who had been lost. This homage to those who have passed on is the foundation for the run which includes those friends who have become family and of course, blood relatives.
For more information on this year’s run and its events, find it on Facebook at Meigs Memorial Run.
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