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5 things to know: Miracle Ride this weekend

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The roar of more than 5,000 motorcycles will fill downtown Indianapolis when the annual Miracle Ride cruises into town this weekend.

Riders will be raising money to benefit sick kids at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. The event will start with a poker run on Saturday, and conclude with the “Big Ride” on Sunday leaving from Allison Transmission.

Riley Children’s Foundation spokesman Jason Mueller shares the five things you need to know heading into the weekend.

Fundraising that works

The Miracle Ride has brought in more than $4.1 million for the Riley Children’s Foundation since it was founded in 1994. “The purpose is to bring motorcyclists together for a common cause — helping the kids at Riley Hospital for Children,” Mueller said. Proceeds fund everything from operation of the hospital to children’s programing.

Dealing a good hand

The poker runs leave from six communities, including Edinburgh’s Mann Harley-Davidson, 3250 W. Market Place Drive. Riders will make five stops and receive a card at each one. Whoever has the best hand at the end of the ride is the winner, Mueller said.

A roaring welcome

“When the motorcyclists ride by Riley Hospital, that’s the ‘it’ factor. That’s where the riders realize that their commitment for the weekend has paid off, where they feel the love and support from the families,” Mueller said.

Going big

“The ‘Big Ride’ on Sunday is a chance to go by Riley Hospital for Children to see the patients, and then have a chance to ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Mueller said.

Still time

Registration for the Miracle Ride will be available from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Waterfront Hotel, 2930 Waterfront Parkway, West Drive, Indianapolis; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Raceway, 10267 E. U.S. Highway 136, Indianapolis; and 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Allison Transmission, 1 Allison Way, Indianapolis.

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