ADAMS -- Hundreds of motorcyclists will ride 60 miles across Northern Berkshire County on Sunday in the 32nd annual Fall Run, which could prove to be one of the biggest to date.
The event brings in bikers from around the region every fall in an effort to raise money for Shriner's Childrens Hospital in Springfield.
"This should be a good year," said Mike Robert, owner of Custom City Cycle in Adams and one of the many volunteers who helps put together the run every year.
Robert said the forecast for the weekend "is one of the better ones we've had."
Thanks to nature, he said the registration numbers are already looking good.
He hopes that turnout is especially good this year, because the run could break $500,000 in total donations since it chose Shriner's as its sole recipient in 1989.
"A lot of people are already giving extra," Robert said.
After last year's run, the donation total stood at $480,524. Robert said that the run typically raises between $20,000 and $25,000 annually.
The back of T-shirts for this year's event say "500,000 thanks" to all of the past volunteers and riders, to reflect their fundraising goal.
The route the motorcyclists will take Sunday is the same as last year's. Robert said the ride is a "smoother, straighter route" than the one the group ran years ago because there are too many bikes to safely navigate windy roads.
The run will start from Bowe Field at 11 a.m., rain or shine, and end in Mohawk Park in Charlemont. Registration ends at 10 a.m. the morning of the run.
Robert said that the number of bikes in the run could swell to more than 2,000 -- an improvement over the 19 the run started with in 1982. The event averages about 1,200 bikes .
The only negative aspect to this year's run, Robert said, is that the group's usual leader might not be healthy enough to ride.
The pack has always been lead by 81-year-old Clive "Buzz" Johndrow. But due to Johndrow's medical issues, Robert might have to take the reins this year. He said he's pulling for Johndrow to be back at the front of the group next year.
Leading a pack of up to 2,000 bikes is a demanding task, according to Robert. He said that he has to take every turn slowly. Each turn causes a chain reaction, he said, and riders in the back can be left far behind.
Local and state police along the route will close off intersections along the way.
After the ride, Robert said, there will be bike games, including a slow race. Instead of racing to be the fastest, the bikers will aim for last place.
"It's a game of balance," Robert said.
Those who don't ride bikes or can't make it to Sunday's run can still join the festivities.
The volunteers at the Fall Run have worked with the Adams Events Committee to put on the eightth annual Bike Night, which is held the evening before the run on Park Street in Adams.
Bike night is part bike show, part fundraising event, and part dinner. Park street is closed off for the night, and riders in the next day's event can show off their bikes.
As in years past, there will be a Chinese auction at this year's bike night. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
For the hungry, nonprofit vendors including the Lion's Club will sell food.
Bikers can also register for Saturday's ride at Bike Night.
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