OHIO VALLEY — McAngels and their friends will descend on the McDonald’s in Pomeroy this Saturday to begin their charity ride.
According to Kirk Epling, one of the ride organizers, the idea for the McFun Run originated after McDonald’s owner Greg Miller agreed to have a shelter built at the Pomeroy location at the request of local bikers.
The parking lot had become a gathering place for bikers, and several picnic tables were already located along the river. Some in the group offered to build a shelter for protection during inclement weather.
Miller was contacted for permission and he asked for an estimate. Upon receiving the numbers, he gave the bikers the go-ahead to build, at his expense.
As the years went by, more bikers came to spend time along the river. A community has grown up as a result of the pavilion, and bikers and families alike gather at the site.
Now know as the McAngels, the group wanted to do something as a show of appreciation for Miller and to contribute to a worthwhile endeavor. Three years ago, Epling, along with James Phillips and other members of the biking community, began a ride to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Charleston, W.Va.
Mills is the owner of five McDonald’s restaurants including the one in Pomeroy. The others are located in Spencer, Sissonville, Fairplane and Ravenswood, W.Va., and it seemed appropriate for the ride to travel between the five McDonald’s locations.
“This is not a typical run, ” Epling said. “It’s more of an event.”
The McAngels and bikers from many parts of Ohio, West Virginia and beyond will gather at the Pomeroy McDonald’s at 9 a.m. Saturday to register.
“Kick stands are up at 10:30,” Epling said. “And so far the weather looks good.”
The bikers will travel to Spencer, where they will have lunch — at McDonald’s, of coarse. After lunch, a police escort through the town of Spencer will send them on their way to Sissonville, Fairfield and Ravenswood. After passing the Ravenswood McDonald’s, the group will congregate at Ravenswood Park, where a party with food and games is planned for the group.
What began as a small ride in 2014 with 50 bikes has grown into a group of 81 bikes with a total of 100 riders at last year’s event. Organizers are hopeful that even more will turn out this time to support their cause.
All proceeds from McFun Run go directly to Ronald McDonald House in Charleston and are personally delivered by some of the McAngels.
For more information about Saturday’s McFun Run, contact Phillips at 740-508-2489 or Epling at 304-532-3685.
“Or just show up,” Epling said. “Everyone is welcome.”
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.