Legends Ride rolls through Deadwood
DEADWOOD — The 11th annual Legends Ride kicked off in Deadwood Monday with about 200 riders in attendance.
Known throughout the Black Hills as Sturgis Bike Week’s largest fundraising event, the Legends Ride brings riders and celebrities of all kinds to historic Deadwood’s Main Street.
One hundred percent of the rider’s contributions are donated to area charities by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, which hosts the start-studded event.
To date, the Legends Ride has raised nearly $500,000 for Black Hills area charities such as South Dakota Special Olympics (SDSO) and the Sturgis Motorcycle museum and Hall of Fame.
“We can’t thank you enough,” Jack Linus with Black Hills Special Olympics said during the event. “For seven years now we’ve been chosen to be a recipient of your generosity, and so far you’ve donated to us over $100,000.”
Linus said that with the money donated from the Legends Ride, the SDSO has been able to purchase strider bikes to help participants learn how to ride bicycles. He also said that more recently the money has gone into the building of a basketball gym, which will be named The Buffalo Chip Legends Ride.
Some notable celebrities in attendance this year included drag race legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace, off-road racing hall of famer Walker “The Legend” Evens, Michael Lichter of Michael Lichter Photography, actor Zahn McClarnon, writer/director/producer/actor Carmine Cangialosi, members of Counts Kustoms, actor Tom Berenger, and Paul Teutul Jr. from Discovery’s “American Chopper”.
Teutul also built the one of a kind Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Black Hills themed motorcycle, which was auctioned off before the ride. The custom bike was sold for $105,000 to Heather Slaughter.
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