Route 66 Riders combine charity effort with Laughlin resort

The first Laughlin "Run to Fun," a weekend of two poker runs and a poker walk on Oct.

24-25, will benefit the Kingman Community Resource Program.

David Weller, a representative of the Route 66 Riders Motorcycle Club, which is helping organize the event, said proceeds will be split between the Kingman Community Resources Program and a Bullhead City charity.

The Community Resources Program is in its fifth year, having been started by former Kingman Police Chief Larry Butler.

Some examples of program purchases for area youth are lice shampoo, which is distributed through local schools, and clothing and shoes for children.

Although the Route 66 Riders organized their own charity poker run last year, this year they decided to do it in conjunction with the Riverside Resort's Run to Fun, Weller said.

The Run to Fun includes a poker walk inside the Riverside Casino in Laughlin, Nev., and a motorcycle poker run the evening of Oct.

24.

Both events will offer $200 to the owners of the best poker hands.

The motorcycle run will begin at the Riverside and move to Thunder Lanes in Mohave Valley, Arizona Performance Cycles in Bullhead City and to the top of Davis Dam before returning to the Riverside for the fifth and final poker card.

The Big Bucks Poker Run will be held Oct.

25.

First place for the best poker hand is worth $2,000 and second place $1,000.

A third-place prize of $500 will be awarded to the player with the worst hand.

The Big Bucks run will begin and end at the Riverside with stops at the Golden Shores Community Center, the Oatman Hotel and Mother Road Harley Davidson in Kingman.

Included in the festivities will be raffle and 50/50 drawings.

The entry fees for the Oct.

24 poker run and poker walk are $5 and $10 for the Big Bucks Poker Run.

One need not ride a motorbike for the poker runs, said Weller, adding that cars can be used to ride to the various spots to collect cards.

For more information about the Laughlin Run to Fun, call Weller at (928) 758-1474 or go online at www.laughlinruntofun.com.