The annual Serenity Run motorcycle rally brought several hundred participants to Cedaredge last week for a massive celebration of the clean and sober lifestyle.
Serenity Run riders were greeted in traditional style with a welcome dinner provided by members of the Cedaredge Assembly of God. Members of motorcycle groups like the Crusaders, Sober Souls, Pathfinders, Survivors, Synergy Brotherhood, and Inner Circle joined together, sometimes in prayer, to share experiences and lend each other support for lifestyles free of substance abuse.
They came from all over America and the world: Bull Head City, Holland, Pocatello, Ireland, Santa Cruz, Sweden, and many other locales.
Local businesses benefitted from a four-day economic shot in the arm as riders ate in restaurants, stayed in motels, and spent money at stores. Local organizations benefitted, too, by hosting fundraiser events as did the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cedaredge High School Music Department.
Hundreds of area residents lined Highway 65 and Grand Mesa Drive as a long procession of motorcycles made its way through town in the traditional Saturday parade event.
According to the International Serenity Run website, the event is a "clean and sober motorcycle run hosted in Colorado, usually on the first weekend in August each year -- right before Sturgis. It's a great time to experience a weekend of friendship and fellowship while camping (or moteling) with other clean and sober bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts on the western slope of beautiful Colorado. We absolutely insist on enjoying life and welcome members of all 12-Step fellowships to join in some of the most gorgeous surroundings you'll ever see.
"Our Purpose: The International Serenity Run was established to further the principles, ideals, and traditions of 12-Step recovery among clean and sober motorcycle riders, providing a place where all clean and sober riders could gather annually in Friendship and in the spirit of fellowship to share their lives in recovery."