The 20th annual Quesnel Charity Motorcycle Poker Run gave back to its riders on Saturday (June 23).
This year Marc Valois, who organizes the charity run, decided not to fundraise for a charity. Instead, Valois wanted to reward the riders – many of whom have participated in the charity run year after year.
In the past, the run has raised money for organizations such as Dreams for Kids, the Special Olympics, the AMATA Transition House, and the SPCA. Valois says the money raised in the run has even gone to local individuals with cancer in the past. “Everything is about Quesnel,” he adds.
This year, 56 people took part in the run. In the past, the most they’ve had was 127 riders, while the least was 37. Valois says the run averages at around 60 people each year.
This year, they gave out prizes to the oldest and youngest riders, as well as prizes for the highest and lowest poker hand.
Participants could pay $10 for one poker hand, $15 for two and 20$ for three. The person with the highest hand won $200 while the person with the lowest hand won $100 dollars.
The run itself lasted approximately four hours, starting at noon at Maple Park Mall and ending at approximately 4 p.m. at Wings.