Spotlight Motorcycle Events for October


Shiloh Riders' 18th Annual East Tennessee Toy Run

The Shiloh Riders started the East Tennessee Toy Run 18 years ago to help bring Christmas joy to children in the community, and it's grown steadily into one of the biggest rides of the season. Last year, about 1,700 motorcycles participated, and the ride provided toys to over 1,100 children in East Tennessee. Rest assured, your donations will find their ways to deserving hands. "The Shiloh Riders conduct sign-ups so parents/guardians can provide ages and gender, and then the distribution is held at the Sevier County Community Center," says organizer Jim White. "Toys are also taken other charitable organizations." The ride starts at the Smokies Stadium and ends at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (Maryville). Gates open 9 a.m., ride leaves at 1 p.m. There is a $10 per person donation requested, or bring a new, unwrapped toy of equal or greater value. Featuring food, music, vendors, and auction items.

East Tennessee Toy Run • Oct. 25, kickstands up at 1 p.m. • Smokies Stadium, (I-40 exit 407 to Sevierville) •

18th Annual Marine Corp Toys for Tots Ride

Nov. 1 will mark the 18th Annual Marine Corps Toys For Tots Ride. This is the official Marine Corps-sponsored toys ride, and with an anticipated crowd of over 2,500 bikes it should be another big success. J.T. Cash, who heads up the ride says, "We don't have a club that does this ride, it's just a small group of us who work with the Marine Corps League Detachment #1206 out of Sevierville to make this happen. It's not about recognition, its all about the event." It was started by Joe Thomas in 1991 and left out of his gas station with 8-10 bikes. The 2009 Ride will leave out of the Sevier County Fairgrounds. The Gates will open at 10 a.m., and the bikes will start rolling out at 1 p.m. The ride will end at Chilhowee Park in Knoxville where Buddy's Barbeque will provide the food. The cost of the ride is a new, unwrapped toy, or a $10 Donation per rider.

Marine Corp Toys for Tots Ride • Nov. 1, kickstands up at 1 p.m. • Sevier County Fairgrounds • For more info contact J.T. Cash at 924-7892


Motorcycle Ride for Life, Sept. 26 Starts and ends at Wild Hog Saloon [3180 Highway 25E, Tazewell, TN]. Motorcycle ride and poker run, all proceeds to go to the National Kidney Foundation Serving East Tennessee. Sign-up will begin at 9 a.m. with the ride beginning at 11 a.m. $15 registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshments, and more. For more information, please contact Jackie May at 423-869-3086.

ARFNets Ride, Sept. 26 Starts at The Shed, adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. Contact or call (865)977-1669x309 for more info.

Little Man's Ride for The House, Sept. 26 at Outlaw's Clubhouse [1000 Dayton Blvd., Red Bank, TN]. Registration starts at 1 p.m., all bikes out at 2 p.m. For more info call (423)834-6693.

Mac's Teddy Bear Poker Run, Sept. 27 at Mac's Pub [3950 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga]. Opening at 11 a.m., first bikes out at noon, last bikes in at 5 p.m. Entry fee of $5 for one hand, $10 for three hands, and one hand for free with a donation of a teddy bear. There will be cash prizes for best, second best and worst hand. Teddy bears will benefit local law agencies so they can hand them out to children at crisis scenes for comfort measures. For more info, contact Yog at 423-570-0250 or, or visit

Jaegermeister Presents Ride or Die Tour, Sept. 30 at The Catalyst [125 E. Jackson Ave., 851-8326]. Featuring Stemm, Downslave, Hate Sick Live, His Name is Yesterday. 9 p.m.

Letter Carriers Union Car, Truck, & Bike Show, Oct. 2 at Joe Neubert Collision Centers [5086 Clinton Hwy., Knoxville]. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds to benefit MDA to provide services to local families. Featuring awards, door prizes, and auctions. $10 pre-registration fee, $15 the day of the show. Event shirts (pre-order only) are $15 and order must be received by Sept. 20th. For more info, contact Mike Allen at (865) 924-0790.

3rd Annual Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Run, Oct. 3 Fund-raiser for the Union County Humane Society [719 Hickory Star Rd., Maynardville 37807]. 100 mile ride with food, prizes, pet adoptions and more. Registration: 10 a.m., $20/rider, $10/passenger. Call Deborah at 865-992-7969 or e-mail for more info.

Praying for Lucas Benefit Ride, Oct 3. Registration at 9:30 a.m. at Concord Park on South Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The ride will be $20 per bike. Departs from the park at 10:30 a.m.and rides over to Pellissippi Parkway, to Alcoa Highway, then on to Highway 321. To continue to the Foothills Pkwy over to US Highway 129 to Highway 411. Will ride to William Blount Drive to Hwy. 321 and end at the Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson. There will be food available for purchase at $7. Entertainment will be at the Shed. The events should be wrapped up around 2 to 2:30 p.m. Visit for more info.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Motorcycle Ride, Oct. 3, at East Knox County Elementary School. Registration starts at 9 a.m., $25 registration fee payable by check or money order only. All proceeds will benefit research of this disease. Register online at For more info, contact Dave Antrican at (865)851-7819.

3rd Annual Bike Ride & Show, Oct. 3-4 [3422 Adventure Ln., Kodak] Activities include live music, food, and live auction. Includes children's activities. All proceeds to benefit local fire dept. Call Andy Moore at (865)405-1126 for info.

Tellico Biker Rally, Oct. 9-11. Free primitive camping and showers. Live bands, adults only (no one under 21). 3-day pass $20 in advance, $30 at the gate. Visit for more info.

Cruisin' for Kids Ride, Oct. 10: Benefit for T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital. Leaves from Ultimate Cycles [103 Juillee Dr., Chattanooga]. Come for an auction, door prizes, music, and food. Contact Chuck Nabors at (423)667-7192 for more information.

2009 Dumplin Valley Oktoberfest, Oct. 11. Jefferson City, TN. Live bands, including Avenue C, The Beat Daddys, and GRITS. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $11. Call (865)567-6944 for more info.

Rumble on the Dragon Biker Rally, Oct. 16-17 at Punkin Center Motorcycle Resort, Maryville. Call (865)856-5455 or visit

18th Annual Anderson County Toy Run, Oct 17. Parade Line Up at 11:30am at Knoxvlle Harley Davidson (Clinton Hwy). Departs at 1:00pm for the Eagles (Oak Ridge Turnpike) in Oak Ridge. Admission: new toy, or $10 donation at the door. Bike Show, 50/50 Drawing, Auction, Food and Door Prizes. Grand Door Prize : 2009 Harley Sportster (must have admission ticket to be eligeble for grand door prize. Tickets available at registration and destination, $5 each.) Visit for more information.

LA's Biker Thangz Toy Run for the Loudon County's Children's Advocacy, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will be held at LA's Biker Thangz [516 Hwy. 321 N Ste. A, Lenoir City] from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ride to end at Alcoa Hooters. Price: Unwrapped toy or $25 per bike. Call (865) 389-0803 for details.

Ride to Benefit Disabled Children, Oct. 17. Starts at The Shed, adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. Contact or call (865) 977-1669x309 for more info.

Time Warp VMC's Market Square Show, Oct. 17. Come take a gander at club members' classic bikes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Knoxville Ride For Kids (Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation), Oct. 18 at Chilhowee Park [3301 Magnolia Ave., Knoxville 37914]. Registration is 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The escorted ride begins at 10 a.m. and will end at Norris Dam. The event will be held rain or shine. Entry fee is a donation of $35 per person and includes lunch. For more info, call 800-253-6530 or 828-665-6891, or e-mail For more information about the foundation go to

Colboch Harley-Davidson Fall Foliage, Oct. 18. Ride leaves dealership at noon [Davy Crockett Pkwy, Morristown, 423-586-5343]. Visit for details.

Tellico Biker Rally Autumn Thunder, Oct. 22-25. Biker games, entertainment, prizes, and showers. Tellico Plains; for more information, or call 423-337-8390.

East TN H.O.G. Fall Foliage Ride, Oct. 24. Meets at Knoxville Harley-Davidson [605 Lovell Rd.]; departs 10:20 a.m. Visit or call 865-671-2454 for details.

Harley's Heroes MSO/DAV, Oct. 24. Military vets in the Chattanooga area can receive free counseling and assistance when the Harley's Heroes tour comes to Thunder Creek H-D [7720 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga, 423-892-4888]. Visit for more details.

Cystic Fibrosis Ride, Oct. 24. Starts at The Shed, adjacent to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. Contact or call (865) 977-1669x309 for more info.

Shiloh Riders' 18th Annual East Tennessee Toy Run, Oct. 25. Starts at the Smokies Stadium (I-40 exit 407 to Sevierville) and ends at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (Maryville, TN). Gates open 9 a.m., ride leaves at 1 p.m. There is a $10 per person donation requested, or bring a new, unwrapped toy of equal or greater value. Featuring food, music, vendors, and auction items. Visit for more info.

Three Degrees Masonic Motorcycle Club's Halloween Bike Ride, Oct. 31 at Toqua Community Center [Hwy 360 in Vonore, TN]. First bike leaves at 11 a.m. $50 Harley-Davidson gift certificate for best costume, 2-day bike rental to be auctioned, drawings for gifts and services, & free food and drinks for riders. $10 per rider, $5 per passenger registration fee. Call Gary Kroll at (423) 884-2878 for more information.