The big, shiny motorcycles have been arriving this week for the 29th annual Serenity Run in Cedaredge.
The Serenity Run provides a welcome boost to the local economy as clean and sober bikers from around Colorado and beyond gather for four days of relaxation and fun.
This year’s motorcycle rally from July 31 to Aug. 3 precedes the big national rally event at Sturgis, S.D.
Motels and restaurants are normally booked up and busy for the event. A lot of the visitors will be lodging at Aspen Trails Campground three miles north of Cedaredge. There they will enjoy ice cream, attend 12-step meetings, renew acquaintances, and take off for day tours of the area.
The Colorado Springs-based Serenity Run organization stages other motorcycle activities during the summer. These, as listed on their website, include the Get Out of Your Cage Run, the Toga Run, the Bike Wash Run, the Dirty Bikers Ball Run, and the Tacky Shirt Run.
Cedaredge is a favorite venue for the bikers. Their official newsletter encourages participation, saying, “It’s a great time to experience a weekend of friendship and fellowship while camping (or staying in a motel) with other clean and sober bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts at the foot of the Grand Mesa on the western slope of beautiful Colorado. We welcome members of all 12-step fellowships to join us in some of the most gorgeous surroundings you’ll ever see.”
A lot of local residents welcome the event with open arms, even providing lodging and meals for some of the riders who have sometimes been acquaintances from previous times.
Serenity Run organizers understand and appreciate the community’s open arms and welcoming attitude toward the event. Cedaredge’s acceptance of the rally is the primary reason the event will be celebrating its 29th edition this weekend. To that end, event leaders have posted a “code of conduct” for the town’s guests to observe: No public nudity, no booze, no drugs, no guns, no dogs, no ATVs, no dirt bikes, no campfires, no littering, and be nice to everyone you meet.
People in Cedaredge appreciate and encourage the lifestyle-changing efforts that the clean and sober bikers are making to improve life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
As Cedaredge rolls out the welcome mat for the bikers, there has traditionally been a free welcome dinner for them on their arrival Thursday.
As part of the event for participants, there are cycle games that test ridership skills, a guest speaker and a dance at the Community Center, and the event’s favorite — a big parade from Aspen Trails through town on Saturday morning.
The Grand Mesa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9221 will host its two days of pancake breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning at the Stolte Shed.