The Long Reach Long Riders Complete 13th Annual Charity Ride

[![[Photo by Bill Ellis]](/content/images/2016/06/2016-06-09LRLR2016-1-300x240.jpg)](/content/images/2016/06/2016-06-09LRLR2016-1.jpg)[Photo by Bill Ellis]
The Long Reach Long Riders have announced that its 13th annual charity motorcycle ride was a tremendous success. The ride, which was dubbed *The Radioactive Ride* by ride marshal Loren Schreiber, raised over $45,000 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, bringing the total raised since the LRLR rides began to well over $550,000.

The ride, which began and ended in Las Cruces, New Mexico, featured stops at the Santa Fe Opera, Roswell, Los Alamos, Canyon de Chelly, the world’s largest concrete pistachio in Alamogordo, NM, and Four Corners, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all meet.  The riders experienced an ever-changing terrain as they traveled through arid desert, vast treeless plains, alpine meadows and mountain forests. They rode through ranch land, farm land, and nothing-will-ever-grow-here land, all the while using kazoos to promote the ride and raise awareness of the work being accomplished by Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Some statistics for the 2016 ride are:

**Total number of miles ridden: **2084

Most number of bikes on any one day: 26

**Largest bike on the ride: **2009 Victory Vision

Smallest bike on the ride:         2015 Yamaha r3

Number of bikes that ran out of gas:   1

Temperature range for the ride 55°F/13C – 110° F/43C

Donations for the 2016 ride are being accepted until June 30, 2016.

Drew Wending, ride marshal for the 2017 LRLR ride, has announced that Southern California will be the location for the ride and it will take place in mid-June.  Visit for updates on the 2017 ride, to join the ride or to make a donation.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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