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Kentucky Charity Raises Money for Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet

The Kentucky Motorcycle Association District 14 held two sponsored Poker Runs at the Kentucky Bike Rally on Friday, July 14th and Saturday, July 15th. The events raised money for Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet, a local charity that provides a pair of shoes to help increase learning.

Registration for the event took place at 9 a.m. at the Union County Fair Grounds on both days. The first bike set out to start at 9:30 a.m. and the last bikes rolled back to the Bike Rally at around 1 p.m.

The route on Friday followed the back roads of Webster County, passing through Providence and Sebree and took a large and scenic route through Henderson County. Bikers also stopped at Smith Mills before finally heading back to the Kentucky Bike Rally.

On Saturday, the route cut through Union County and crossed into Illinois through the beautiful Shawnee National Forest. Participants returned to Kentucky on the ferry, riding back through Crittenden County to finish the run.

The rules of the Poker Run are simple. Riders have to stop at defined points along the route to collect a playing card until they make a complete poker hand. Prizes are given for the best and worst hands, according to the usual hand rankings of Texas Hold ‘Em. The event is not a race. Each rider completes the route within the given time, but the winners are decided according to the hands.

Of course, the Poker Runs are not really about the prizes. For the bikers, they are about the love for the road, and for the organization, it’s all about raising money for charity.

The Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet charity was founded in 2009 with a simple mission: To provide a pair of shoes to every income-eligible student from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. The charity believes that by providing basic items like a pair of athletic shoes, they can change the perspective of the student, increasing their happiness and therefore helping them to learn better. They also hope that their mission can raise self-esteem, as well as reducing teasing and bullying.

This year’s double Poker Run event marked the 4th year that the Kentucky Motorcycle Association held the event for the Happy Feet Equals Learning Feet charity.

The Kentucky Motorcycle Association is a volunteer organization that works to protect the rights of motorcycle riders in Kentucky by campaigning toward fair policies and against unfair rules. They also regularly hold charity events in support of the counties that they reside in.

Previous events have raised money for charities such as the Union County Backpack Program, the Henderson County Backpack Program, Veteran’s Christmas Angel Tree, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and many cancer benefit runs.


The Kentucky Biker Rally takes place in the small town of Sturgis, and though it has come under fire in previous years for the troubles that come with it, the event is cleaning up its image and emphasizes the community aspects of the event.

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