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Hundreds of Bikers Hit The Open Road to Support The Red Cross

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More than 100 riders revved up their engines and hit the open road from the Harley-Davidson of Erie, on a 114 mile poker run to benefit the Greater Erie Chapter of the Red Cross.

"We're happy to team up with Harley Davidson of Erie," said Executive Director of the Red Cross, Pam Masi. "We rely on corporate support, fundraising events, special events, and the general public to make sure that we're able to be there for people who are left homeless after flooding and house fires, and any disaster that might happen in our local community."

Bikers set out with a blank hand, and were dealt a card at each checkpoint along the 114 mile route.

"They go to each stop and they pick a card and then they get marked for their poker hand," said Masi. "And after the five cards they get, we give prizes based on the best poker hand".

Along with the poker run, it was the kickoff to the 2014 Bike Week with music, festivities, and a freestyle stunt riding show you don't want to miss.

"If you love riding, you're gonna love what we do," said Rhett Giordanl, who is performing at the Harley-Davidson of Erie this week. "We're keeping the era of old board track racing alive. It's a nice little flashback of the past, but we're bringing it into the present. And just adding to it and having fun is what's it's all about."

Bike Fest through Saturday with new events happening every hour.

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