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TOPEKA -- Governor Brownback invites motorcyclists to join him for the First Governor’s Flint Hills Freedom Ride on Saturday, June 16th. The 70-mile ride will begin at the Capitol Building in Topeka; travel along the 48-mile Native Stone Scenic Byway through Dover, Eskridge and Alma (K-4 and K-99 highways); and end at Wamego City Park. The ride will benefit three worthy causes – Fort Riley’s Hearts Apart program, Brothers in Blue Re-entry, and the Native Stone Scenic Byway.
On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on the south lawn of the Capitol (online pre-registration is strongly encouraged to minimize delays at the event). A group photo will be taken with the Governor at 9:30, followed by a Blessing of the Bikes at 9:45. Kickstands Up is at 10:00, and the ride will end at 1:30 p.m. In the concluding ceremony at Wamego City Park, Governor Brownback will honor all veterans, Fort Riley soldiers and families for their dedication to freedom. The public is encouraged to attend the event to help recognize those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom and to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Big Red One (237th anniversary of the Army).
Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged. A $25 fee per person is required to participate. Participants pre-registered by June 2nd will receive a Flint Hills Freedom Ride t-shirt with their registration fee. Additional t-shirts will be available the day of the ride on a first come, first served basis. Complete ride details and registration are available online at fhfreedomride.ksoutdoors.com.
Vendors are invited to set up at Wamego City Park. Corporate partnerships opportunities are also available. Visit the website above for vendor and sponsorship information.
The partner groups organizing the ride include the Governor’s Office, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Kansas Department of Corrections; Brothers in Blue Re-entry; members of the Wamego community and community leaders; Ellsworth Correctional Facility; ABATE of Kansas; Pottawatomie County Economic Development; Wabaunsee County Economic Development; and Fort Riley.