Thursday, May 25, 2006
Bike rally to benefit fallen
Members of the 155th Brigade Combat Team (BCT) will host the first annual Dixie Thunder Run bike rally, benefiting its wounded soldiers and families of fallen soldiers on June 10-12, starting in Tupelo and ending in Hattiesburg.
Registration for the Dixie Thunder Run will begin at 7 a.m., June 10, at the Bancorp South Center in Tupelo. The registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt or a baseball cap. The ride begins at 8 a.m.
Participants will proceed to the Chunky River Harley Davidson in Meridian, where there will be an overnight stay. On June 11, participants will have lunch at Deep South Cycles in Hattiesburg.
Participants should make their own hotel arrangements for overnight stay. Food and refreshments will be provided along the route.
The event is sponsored by the Chunky River Harley Davidson shop and Deep South Cycles of Hattiesburg. Riders may register at either of those locations or online at www.dixiethunderrun.com.
At the completion of the ride on June 12, a presentation ceremony will be conducted for the families and service members of the 155th Brigade Combat Team who were injured or lost their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the families and or soldiers.
The concept for the Dixie Thunder Run was developed during the deployment of the 155th BCT in Iraq by Mississippi Army National Guard Soldiers Staff Sgt. Tony Shackleford, Sgt. First Class Ray Bailey and Staff Sgt. David Bland.
“You can join in the support even if you don’t ride,” Shackleford said. “T-shirts can be ordered online at the Dixie Thunder Run (www.dixiethunderrun.com) web site and can be purchased at any of the stops along the route of the rally.”
For individuals registering to ride in the DTR rally, please visit the group safety web site at www.msf-usa.org.
For more information, contact Shackleford in Tupelo at 662-316-3548.
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