Legacy Run online registration nearing 300

Online registration for the 12th annual American Legion Legacy Run has topped 280 participants through the end of May. To register online, click here.

The USAA-sponsored charity motorcycle ride will cover nearly 1,400 miles across Kansas, Colorado and Utah before arriving at the national convention. The Ride will depart Fort Dodge, Kan., on
Aug. 12 and travel west to Reno, Nev. – site of the Legion’s 99th National Convention. The route will take riders along Route 50 through Kansas, Colorado and Utah before winding up in Nevada. The run will cover nearly 1,400 miles.

Rather than leaving from Indianapolis, which has been the starting point for 10 out of 11 Legacy Runs, this year’s ride will leave from Fort Dodge. The Kansas Soldiers’ Home, about five miles east of Dodge City, will host a hog roast for riders on the evening of Aug. 11 and a morning breakfast to kick off the event.

There will be dinner stops at American Legion Post 2 in Pueblo, Colo., and American Legion Post 16 in Fallon, Nev., as well as multiple wreath-laying ceremonies along the way. There will also be at least two Operation Comfort Warriors donation presentations.

Riders still wanting to register online can do so until early August. Because there won’t be any lunch stops at Legion posts, participants are encouraged to purchase lunches during registration; those who do not pre-purchase lunches will be expected to bring their own food each day and safely transport it.

To speed up organized fuel stops, pre-payment for fuel is mandatory on this year’s ride. Pre-payment is based on a formula assuming that riders will fill up their motorcycles on their own each night and come to the morning rally with a full tank of gas.

The Legacy Run helps raise money for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides college money for the children of U.S. military personnel killed on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, as well as children of post-9/11 veterans with a combined VA disability rating of 50 percent or higher.

Last year’s Legacy Run helped raise more than $1 million for the third straight year. In 11 years, the ride has helped raise more than $7 million.

For more information on the Legacy Run, click here.