'As Bare As You Dare' benefit ride is March 8

Mar 05, 2014
Photo by: Donated photo AS BARE AS YOU DARE — Bikers bared the cold during last year's ride to raise money for heating assistance.

The American Legion Riders of Post 47 and coolbikers.org — a group of concerned motorcycle enthusiasts — will sponsor the fourth annual “As Bare As You Dare” (formerly called “Bikers in Boxers” and “ Freezin’ for a Reason”) motorcycle ride at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8. Participants will meet at the American Legion in Waynesville.

“As Bare As You Dare” benefit ride raises money for fuel/energy assistance for the elderly of Haywood County who are in need.

The ride was originally formed by the Haywood County Iron Cavalry M/C, and has grown every year.

Previous events mandated the wearing of beachwear or boxers, but 22-degree temperatures and flurries seemed to dissuade many from last year’s event. This year’s “As Bare As You Dare” theme lifts the exposed skin requirement in order to attract more riders.

The ride is parade style, with a law enforcement escort through a 5-mile track in Waynesville. The ride will leave from the American Legion, travel down Main Street to Russ Avenue, then to Dellwood Road and on to Hazelwood, and then back to the American Legion.

There will be an after-party at the American Legion with a hot chili meal and live music by Tony Poole and Julie’s Kickin’ Karaoke.

The cost to participate is $20 to ride and $10 for passengers. Register up to the day of the event at www.coolbikers.org.