It has grown from an Ottumwa couple’s desire to raise a few bucks for a local animal shelter to a southern Iowa tradition.
But this year’s Hogs4Dogs motorcycle event still has one mission — taking care of and giving back to our four-legged friends.
John and Tammie Hartley’s passion has grown over the past seven years from 50 riders in 2004 to nearly 300 last year.
And over the past seven years, the Hogs4Dogs fundraiser has raised and donated more than $35,000 to the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa.
Now that organization has grown to a full-time nonprofit renamed Hogs4Dogs USA, and funds raised from the annual motorcycle event will go toward improving the health and well being of area pets, to assist with education and low-cost spay/neuter programs throughout southern Iowa. The organization also will consider requests for help from area humane societies as well as emergency animal veterinary care on a per case basis.
This year, activities kick off from 7-10 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Courtside Bar & Grill in Ottumwa. Celebrity bartenders will be available, 50/50 drawings and auction items will be part of the fun.
Then on Sept. 11, the annual benefit ride will begin at R/J Performance at the Ottumwa Airport exit off Highway 163.
Check in is between 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Riders, and they needn’t necessarily be motorcycles, will depart at 10:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $20 per person and that includes a T-shirt, dinner and a chance for cash.
The riders will travel 140 miles with seven check points from Ottumwa to Eddyville (Eddyville Dragway), Eddyville to Bussey (Twin Cedars School), Bussey to Knoxville (National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum), Knoxville to Chariton (C&C Cycle), Chariton to Albia (downtown square) and Albia to Ottumwa (R/J Performance).
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For more information, call 641-684-5167 or 641-777-0964.