Adams Fall Run returns for second year /

More than 300 motorcyclists took part in last year’s fall race, relaunched after a four-year absence. The 50-mile race and event is back for a second year under new organizers this Saturday.

Adams, Mass. – The American Legion Riders will once again host the Fall Run this Saturday, Sept. 17 at Bowe Field to raise funds for needy military veterans throughout Massachusetts.

Last year, a group of local volunteers revived this longstanding tradition that ceased to roar in Western Massachusetts in 2017.

Originally a small group of friends, the ride quickly grew into an event of over 2,000 riders that raised more than half a million dollars for local charities, particularly l Shriners Hospital.

What the American Legion Riders learned quickly last year is that it’s impossible to repeat what the original group did after a four-year absence, so they made the event their own.

The Riders have collaborated with various veterans associations to resurrect the popular motorcycle ride.

“One of the goals I wanted to make sure that if I got involved is that the American Legion riders get in there because that’s who I am,” the race chairman said, Mike Steuer.

Rather than have the proceeds go to local charities, they decided to transfer the beneficiaries to local veterans and veterans organizations.

Its revival last year was welcomed with open arms by thousands of people who lined the streets as 335 motorcyclists returned to Bowe Field after their 50-mile ride around the Berkshires and raised $15,000 for their cause.

“There aren’t a lot of channels directly to legions and vets. I mean, there are these big big organizations, but we’re very much a family shop, to be honest with you,” Steuer said.

“You know, we’re grassroots, we gave 100% of what we earned to our channels and helped vets last year.”

Anyone can ride with the Legion and register their bike for $20. Runners can also choose from three packages ranging from $500 to $2,000 in donations.

Steuer said they hope the event will grow and they will be able to raise more funds due to increased needs due to the economy and inflation.

“It’s going to be harder for these vets to pay their bills, and we’re proud to be able to give them something, with the hardships making it difficult for them and their families,” he said.

“It’s really, really important to us as part of our mission. And that’s what we American Legion Riders do…the mission is to raise money on behalf of veterans organizations.”

This year, the Legion will hold the event on Saturday instead of Sunday and has become a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so donations are tax deductible.

In addition to the ride, there will also be games, food, vendors, raffles and live music at Bowe Field. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the band Miss Guided Too will perform until 2 p.m.

The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m.; motorcycles will take off at 1pm and should return around 2:30-3pm

Hot Shot Hillbillies will perform from 2 to 5 followed by the Shyne until 6:30 p.m.

This year, the four posts participating in the fall race are Spencer American Legion Riders Post 138, Dalton American Legion Riders Post 155, Adams American Legion Post 160, and North Adams American Legion Post 125.

Steuer said they hope to turn this event into a regional American Legion Rider Race to support everyone on the “ship.”

“We’re all on the same ship, we’re trying to keep the ship afloat because veterans and veterans organizations are coming down left and right all over the county and all over the state,” Dan said. Speth, Dalton American Legion Postal Service Officer and former President.

More information on the fall race can be found here.

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