ADAMS -- The hum of motorcycle engines permeated the air at Bowe Field in Adams on Sunday.
Hundreds of motorcyclists were there to line up for the 32nd annual Fall Run before setting off on a 60-mile ride across North County to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield.
PHOTO GALLERY | 32nd annual Fall Run
The Fall Run, organized every year by a large group of volunteers, has been donating its proceeds to Shriners since 1989.
This year, the event's organizers hoped to break $500,000 in total lifetime donations to the hospital. To date, the Fall Run has donated $480,524.
"It looks like a pretty good turnout," Custom City Cycle owner and event organizer Mike Robert said. "It's going to be a good ride."
Robert had expected a high turnout this year thanks to forecasts calling for sunny weather all week. Meteorologists did not disappoint, and the weather was perfect for riding Sunday morning.
Though event organizers were optimistic that they would reach the $500,000 mark, it will take a few days for them to tally up all of the registration fees, raffle money and donations received over the last several weeks.
Event organizers were even confident enough in their fundraising ability to put "1/2 million thanks" on the back of their T-shirts for this year's run. The 60-mile ride took the massive group of riders from Adams to Charlemont.
But for many, Sunday was just about enjoying the ride.
Bikers met old and new friends at Bowe Field while waiting for the ride to begin. Most motorcyclists at the event have been participating for years.
"I've been doing this for longer than I can remember," said Fred Jolin of Williamstown.
He and his friend Alan Richer, also of Williamstown, were in the long line of bikes waiting for the run to start.
"It's fun," Richer said. "And it's for a good cause."
Brian Choquette, another Fall Run organizer, said a slew of volunteers met every Wednesday night beginning Aug. 1 to put the massive event together in time.
Choquette was in charge of organizing the "blockers," who make sure upcoming intersections along the ride have been blocked off by local or state police. If not, Choquette and a crew of 10 blockers ride ahead to secure the intersection.
Choquette estimates it takes about one minute for 100 motorcycles to make it through an intersection. The Fall Run averages approximately 1,200 motorcycles per year, making for a 12-minute ride through every traffic light.
The dynamic of riding in a massive group is different from what most people are accustomed to, according to Choquette. He said that the Fall Run is different because bikers get comfortable with the people they ride with frequently, but during the run there are hundreds of strangers riding together.
"You can be the best bike rider in the world. I still don't know what you're going to do," Choqette said of people he has never rode with before.
The ride did not go off without a hiccup.
North Adams Police were called to the scene of an accident at the hairpin turn on Mohawk Trail in Clarksburg. A motorcyclist was transported to North Adams Regional Hospital.
Police could not confirm details of the incident Sunday evening.
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