The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 20, 2013

Memorial Scholarship Run set Sept. 7 in Greenbrier County

The seventh annual edition of the Lindsey Raines Memorial Scholarship Run always attracts plenty of participation, and a few changes instituted this year just may boost registration even higher.

“I would love to have 300 riders,” says Paul Raines, the poker run’s organizer.

Despite a dip in attendance last year, when rainy conditions pushed participation just below the 200-rider mark, Raines points to 2011’s record 260 participants as an indication of the event’s popularity.

The poker run is conducted in memory of Raines’s daughter, Lindsey, who died at the age of 19 in December 2006, the victim of an aneurysm. A Greenbrier West High School graduate, Lindsey was a student at Mountain State University in Beckley and worked part-time at the Harley-Davidson shop in Hico at the time of her death.

“I rode a motorcycle, and she rode with me from the time she was just a baby,” Raines explains. “Later, she had a motorcycle, and she could ride. She was a good rider.”

Lindsey made many friends in the motorcycle community in the western end of Greenbrier County and beyond, her dad notes.

“In 2007, a bunch of her friends from Meadow Bridge and Midland Trail decided they wanted to do something to honor her memory, and they came to me with the idea of a poker run,” Raines says.

In the six years since, more than $33,000 raised in the poker run has been given in scholarships to students at area high schools — Greenbrier West, Greenbrier East, Midland Trail and Meadow Bridge.

“We like kids, and every amount helps when you’re trying to get them through college,” Raines says.

With this year’s poker run scheduled for Sept. 7, a few changes are in the wind, among them the riders’ choice of two routes, each one about 80 miles long. Raines hopes that will keep traffic congestion to a minimum for the ever-increasing number of bikers who participate.

Also, Raines is accepting pre-registrations this year, which will save riders time on the day of the run.

“They get their T-shirt and patch when they pre-register,” Raines explains. “It saves a bunch of time (the day of the run), because they don’t have to stand in line to register. That way, they can get on the road early, if they want.”

Pre-registration can be done by telephone, with credit and debit cards accepted for the registration fee of $25 a hand, with two extra cards for a registered rider available for $5 apiece.

In-person registration — which is the same cost — will be held Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Spare Time Bar & Grill in Lewisburg.

Maps of the routes will be given to riders when they register or pre-register. All bikes must arrive at the Rainelle Moose Lodge no later than 5 p.m.

The best hand wins $500, and the worst hand $250.

In addition, there will be a raffle for a 40-inch flat-screen TV or $400 cash, a raffle for a handmade Harley T-shirt quilt, 50/50 tickets, multiple drawings and door prizes.

For more information or to pre-register, call Paul Raines at 304-438-7102.

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