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10th annual Redwood City PAL Poker Run - 400+ bikes!

  • May 10, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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5 years ago I heard about a really cool run that had hundreds of bikes and police escorts all the way - WOW!  Whoever told me about it had recently gone on the annual ride and said how amazing it was to have so many bikes thundering down the freeway under police escort - AWESOME.

Found it!  The 10th annual Redwood City PAL Poker Run.  Last year had 400 bikes, woo hoo! 

This year is a 2.5 hour run along the scenic San Mateo coastline.  The route is ~100 miles with two stops.  $35 entry fee includes BBQ Lunch, raffle, and live music! 

Sparky's Hot Rod Garage for the BBQ lunch and live band looks like a killer place!

And Oh!  Lunch, music, a massive memorable thundering run, police escorts and... it's tax deductible.  Last year the Police Activities League raised $70,000 dollars for the at risk kids of their city.  Well, I'm happy to do my part :)

Honestly, I can't wait to experience that incredible 400+ bike run sound, knowing we have the blessing of the LEOs! 

Come join the fun!


Meetup: 8:00am (ugh!)  Mandatory Safety Talk: 8:30am - you must be present and ready to ride, tanks FULL.  BRING YOUR REGISTRATION FORM <-click

Don't miss these upcoming events!

San Juan Bautista Festival Saturday, May 17

Friends & SMR 6th Anniversary Pack Ride Monday, May 26

Homes for our Troops Saturday, June 14

Willow Glen Dancing on the Avenue Saturday, June 21

Ride and Victory/Indian Grand Opening Party June 28

Dancing in the Street to Sage  Wednesday, July 2

Hollister Rally 2014  Saturday, July 5


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  • Martin F C.

    Shame I could not make the party! Next time. Martin

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Ron G.

      It actually wasn't really a party. It was a spontaneous decision to go to a local pub that turned out to be an hilarious time after. There was a group of us that were standing around when the event officially ended wondering...What now? I had another fundraiser to go to that evening (Girl Scouts), but they twisted my arm. The she-devil made me do it and we all know who that is or not? Just kidding. Anyway, it wasn't an intentional or planned party, per se. I think the lesson here is the next time we go to an event like this, we have a closing meeting of the group for final words.

      1 · May 14, 2014

    • Debbie D.

      Poor Ron.... I hope your arm is healed now from all the painful twisting it had to take!!! LOL

      1 · May 15, 2014

  • Ron G.

    Best time EVER, especially the party after!!

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Debbie D.

      I know wasn't that too much fun!!! My goodness we have a wild group!!

      May 14, 2014

  • Debbie D.

    What a wonderful day from start to finish and all for a good cause. Will do this one again and again and again!!!! The street tacos for breakfast were beyond fabulous!! The entire poker run was so well organized and ran so smoothly!!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Chris F.

    Great day! Thanks for setting it up Val! Fun time and lots of laughs.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Valerie

    You guys make every ride so much fun, thank you for coming! A special note of gratitude to our Leads & Sweeps; Derek, Ron G and Matt - thank you!

    2 · May 10, 2014

    • Venkat N.

      Thanks! I had fun, see you next time.

      May 10, 2014

    • Mikey

      The answer to your picture question is Latisha. She is missing from the other group photo. ;-)

      May 11, 2014

  • Martin F C.

    Val, thanks for organizing. it was terrific! Martin

    May 10, 2014

  • Mikey

    Good times. ;-)

    May 10, 2014

  • Monica

    Awesome event!!! Too much fun with awesome folks!!! And lot's of laughs!

    May 10, 2014

  • Christine V. (.

    Great job Val coordinating and keeping us safe!

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    GREAt time!

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will meet you all in Redwood City but I am of curies, how are we going to find each other at the start?

    May 10, 2014

  • Valerie

    A very warm welcome to our new Friends members; Mike H, Steve, Ilija, Venkat, Michael Nicola and Mikey! We look forward to meeting you tomorrow!

    2 · May 9, 2014

  • Monica

    Get Ready to "Rock & Rumble" I can't WAIT... LOL

    May 9, 2014

  • Valerie

    It's almost here! There's gas in the center where we meet - fill up BEFORE parking at Starbucks. There is no gas stop on the route. We're taking a straight shot up the freeway (23 minutes) to the PAL start location.

    This exciting, massive, thundering, LEO led and traffic blocked (Woo Hoo!) PAL ride goes along the coastline and it's going to be quite chilly and windy -check your favorite weather guesser site. The entire PAL ride is slated for 2.5 hours including two 30 minute stops, so it's not a lot of miles. The ride's scheduled to be at rockin' cool Sparkey's at 12:30pm for finger lickin' BBQ and toe tappin' live music!
    Here's the PAL route: http://www.redwoodcitypal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/North.png

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got off my ass and read the thread-
    See you @ Starbucks/3605 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA @ 0800.

    May 9, 2014

    • Valerie

      lol, and we look forward to seeing you there, Steve!

      May 9, 2014

  • deborah

    Will meet up with you all in Redwood City, which is much closer. See you there :)

    May 9, 2014

  • Christine V. (.

    Would love to go if there is a open seat!

    May 9, 2014

  • Leticia

    Have full gear, will pay entry fee to whomever can lend me their backseat.

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • (Grizzly) B.

      Thanks for asking. I'd be more than happy to give you a ride Latisha. Can you print out an extra Registration Form for me as I've been having computer problems and haven't got my printer hooked back up yet?

      May 9, 2014

    • Leticia

      Yippee! Got a ride with Bill. Will bring registration forms for both of us & take care of tickets. Thank you!

      1 · May 9, 2014

  • hans

    seein l live in redwood city, i would like to hook up with y'all there

    1 · May 8, 2014

  • Jaz

    Is this the same poker run that starts at Dudley's ??

    April 21, 2014

    • Westside B.

      last yr this started at Dudley Perkins - this yr - starting at the Redwood City Police Department (1301 Maple Street). Not so many clubs attend - as they dont like the fuzz, but its all about the kids. :)

      April 27, 2014

    • hans

      yes jaz, it's the same poker run, however, DP is a just a stop this year, as it starts in redwood city -- one group going south stops there just before the BBQ, while another group going north makes their first stop at DP

      May 8, 2014

  • Venkat N.

    Hi folks, Do we meet at 3605 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA and ride to Redwood City? Or do we meet at Redwood City? Sorry if I missed something obvious.

    May 8, 2014

    • Valerie

      Yep, we meet at the meetup location so we can meet new members and chat with the ones we know. Then we'll ride together to the PAL location.

      1 · May 8, 2014

    • Venkat N.

      Got it! Thanks. I mailed in my registration form before I learned about this MeetUp. Please let me know if I need to fill out another one to join you folks.

      May 8, 2014

  • Mikey

    Solo. First ride with this group.

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • Mikey

      Can't wait going to be so nice all those bikes. I'm coming from Oakland and hopefully I can find someone between here and there to ride in with early Saturday.

      May 7, 2014

    • Mikey

      Hey Mike I see your in Fremont. Would you like to meet somewhere off the 880? Then ride in together? Feel free to pm me :-)

      May 7, 2014

  • BetsyGo

    I'd love to participate in this great cause if there's a backseat for me? Thanks!

    May 5, 2014

    • Valerie

      Hi there Mike. I believe every member's profile lists their city.

      May 5, 2014

    • BetsyGo

      Change of plans. Have fun and ride safe all!

      May 6, 2014

  • Alan T.

    Hi Valerie,
    miss you ! long time no see, want to join in with fun.
    do any one start from San Leandro or Hayward ?

    May 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first ride with this group-
    sounds like fun !

    1 · May 1, 2014

    • Valerie

      So glad you're coming on this ride, Steve! We look forward to meeting you and this run is going to be awesome!

      1 · May 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I too wish I could do this ride. Parental obligations require I be in Carson City thos Mothers Day weekend. Hope to catch another ride with you soon.

    May 1, 2014

    • Valerie

      We hope to meet you soon, Ricky!

      May 1, 2014

  • Valerie

    I was taking to Hans and he'd done this PAL ride before. He told me what a very cool place Sparky's is for the BBQ lunch & live band party. Apparently it's huge with a massive amount of unusual, beautifully restored memorabilia from yesteryear!

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Ron G.

    The San Jose Police Department has a similar run many years ago. We would ride in one large group with a full police escort with BBQ and music awaiting us at the point of destination! It was a lot of fun! Riding in this event in our group will make it all that much more enjoyable!

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Junaid K.

    I wish i could be in town to attend, 'll be traveling to OKC on 9th for a week. Perhaps, Next time.

    April 25, 2014

    • Valerie

      Well shucks, Junaid. I'm sorry we won't get to meet you this time but we look forward to meeting you soon!

      April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been on it twice. I had talked about it with you and how impressive it was all traffic held for as long as you can see bikes. Great run and great group to support! Afterwards they had music and yum food!!! I want to go but have conflict ;-(

    1 · April 15, 2014

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