JULY 9th-10th, 2016
Ladies Run was founded in 1987 by a group of women that wanted to ride bikes together. In the beginning, it started as a Ladies Run and they chose Fairplay as their destination.
In 1988, it became a charity run. Over the years, the money raised went to Project Safe Guard, South Park Community Fund and Mount St. Vincent.
FUN FACT! This is our 30th year and the original dates of the Ladies Run were July 9th and 10th of 1987! So this years dates match the original run only 30 years later!
At Ladies Run, we welcome all people who enjoy good food, great fun, the air whipping through your hair during a bike ride and people who just want to have a good time in general! Come celebrate bike riding with a good cause!
Freedom Service Dogs of America is an organization that provides service dogs to those in need. It is a wonderful organization that is funded exclusively by donation and enhances the lives of people with disabilities.
South Park Community Fund
Providing great music and bringing the crowd together for a great time, this group is going to provide music that will have you in great spirits while you party with your friends. They are amazing and are ready to knock us off our feet with entertainment! You won't want to miss this show!
THE HISTORY OF THE LADIES RUN
The Ladies Run of Colorado was established in 1987. It evolved from a few lady riders sitting around a kitchen table wondering how they could get together, in one place, with other motorcycle riding women, whether they packed or rode their bikes, for the camaraderie, sisterhood and love of the motorcycle tradition. Their dream was to figure out how to meet more lady riders, other than with just a quick wave as they passed on the highway. As a result of this dream, these ladies and others, working together, made this Run what it is today.
Two ladies, Jo Caves (aka Just Jo) and Eileen Correia were the co-founders of the Ladies Run. They consulted several of their biker buddies as to where to have this gathering. After picking the brain of Jack & Vicki Portice, co-founder of the Colorado Motorcycle Show and Swap, they suggested having the run in Como or Fairplay. The ladies took a ride up there and decided that this would be just the place for playing in the street and doing what we all do best in the beautiful, sunny mountains of Colorado.
Their next challenge was to figure out where to start. A large parking area was needed near Hwy. 285 for easy access up the hill. After looking around they decided on the Public Service parking lot at Kipling and Hampden (Hwy 285). The name "Ladies Run of Colorado" well, we are not to sure just how it came about, but it sure sounded good to the few women that were on that first "committee".
This was at first going to be a Ladies ONLY weekend. Well, you can just imagine the dismay when they informed their "old man" that they were going to go off without them for a weekend. After thinking it over, they decided they really couldn't have fun without them after all. So the phrase "Hey Guys, join the ladies for the night of your life!" was coined. Since they were ladies and this was their run, the biggest thing they wanted to do was the thrill of FINALLY riding in the front of the pack , so they did. This is a tradition that has lasted ALL 30 years.
The second full weekend of July sounded like a good time to have their run and the only advertisement that first year was by word of mouth. As the co-founders and their friends rode up to the parking lot their doubts and fears of no one showing up was elevated. There WERE people on motorcycles in the parking lot ready for a party. They handed out the few bandanna's that they had made and up the hill they went, not realizing what new chapter in ladies motorcycling they were writing.
Yes, there was a stigma and it still exists in some of the stubborn bikers. Ladies Run? why that's for LADIES...Well, sorry to tell ya guys, but we just can't have fun without using and abusing you, knowing you will love every minute of it. Over the years we have had riders come as far as Toronto, Canada, Pennsylvania and a group of ladies from Massachusetts came to see what we were all about. We have also had Senator Ben Nighthorse-Campbell party with us one year.
The Ladies Run has evolved from a simple run up the hill for one weekend with one day of a couple of events and a dance. Over the years, we have added a Treasure Hunt, Poker Run, Field Events, Tattoo Competition, and Ride-in Bike Show. We have had fashion shows and the Pit Run game on Sunday. A couple of years we have had wrestlers show up to perform for us. As we grow, so do the amount of vendors and this year we have some great ones. We will still have the infamous events of the Ladies Run dance, the FUN BUNS and WOOLY BULLY competitions for men.
Over the years many a lady had found out "first hand" why we call it FUN BUNS!!
Don't forget that the Ladies Run was started not only as a fun weekend but also a charity weekend. The charities are chosen by the committee and must help women and/or children.
The charity that we have contributed the most to is South Park Community Relief Fund. They are an organization that helps in the small rural area of South Park, which includes Como and Fairplay. Over the years they have helped people who need propane for the winter, Christmas presents for children, cribs for single moms and even glasses for a downed biker in need.
We ladies of the committee want to give a "ATTA GIRL" to the improvement of women riders. We have noticed over the years that while the amount of motorcycles has doubled going up to the Ladies Run, the attendance has stayed relatively the same over the last few years. So to us it seems so many of you girls are getting off the back and onto your own bikes.
For those of you who still do not know why you should come to this event, let me give you two reasons. For the men, you can meet some of the finest scooter ladies in the Rocky Mountain region. For the ladies, come and see what "Sisterhood" is all about.
On behalf of all the gals and guys who have worked so hard each year to make this Run the event it is, you are all invited to attend the 30th Annual Ladies Run Of Colorado, July 9th & 10th, 2016 (Notably, the same EXACT dates as the first Ladies Run 30 years ago!) Join us and help and keep the history going!
6825 W. Mississippi Lot#5
Lakewood, CO 80226
6825 W. Mississippi Lot#5
Lakewood, CO 80226