PENDLETON - Motorcyclists will head to Pendleton July 13-15 for the third annual Bikers in the Blues. The motorcycle rally will be centered at Roy Raley Park on Southwest Court Avenue.

Organizers of the event that has attracted more than 100 motorcyclists are still accepting registrations and are offering several options each day to those attending the rally.

The motorcyclists gather at the park beginning at 2 p.m. July 13. After they register, the bikers will head out to enjoy themselves in the area, but will be back at the park for an event that's captured the public's appreciation.

The Thunder Ride to Main Street will start at 6 p.m. The bikers will set up on Main Street for a rally. Meanwhile, a street dance is planned and the Farmers Market in the 400 block of South Main Street will be in full swing.

Participants will have breakfast at St. Mary's Catholic Church the next morning, with the traditional Blessing of the Bikes planned at 8 a.m. at the church, 800 S.E. Court Ave.

Motorcyclists have a choice of participating in a long poker run that begins at 9 a.m., or a short poker run that begins at 10 a.m. - with both ending at 4 p.m. at the park. The long poker run takes the bikers through the Blue Mountains and Grande Ronde Valley and includes a stop at the Caledonian Games in Athena. That route is 150 miles. The short poker run is 50 miles in length and includes a stop at the Caledonian Games and a ride through the Umatilla River area.

A barbecue and concert are planned for the night of July 14, with motorcyclists heading home Sunday.

All the proceeds from Bikers in the Blues are earmarked for the Northwest Burn Foundation. The NBF's mission is to prevent burns and improve the quality of life for burn survivors.

To learn more about the NBF, visit

For more information about Bikers in the Blues, call Nick and Katie Roberson at 278-1451, or e-mail


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