published: Wednesday, October 03, 2012
More to enjoy at this year's Run to the Heartland
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - For the ninth year riders will cruise into Sebring for fun and fellowship during the annual Run to the Heartland weekend. The Heartland Riders Association has put together a huge event that has become known as the biggest family-friendly motorcycle event in Central Florida according to HRA's marketing director Laura Todd.
Todd and the entire HRA are excited for this year's event and have worked hard to ensure each attendee has a great time.
"We have lots of new things this year; we've added a lot," Todd said.
A list of new events and aspects has emerged for RTTH and Todd was sure to let everyone in on the information.
The Fearless Flores Family, a performance group featured on 'America's Got Talent', is one of the newest parts of the event. Other additions include professional riding instructions from Gary Paladino.
Bike Builders Row gives riders the insight into constructing bikes by some of the renowned Florida-based builders. Born to Ride is a nod to Sebring's upcoming Centennial and features vintage-only motorcycles. The vintage display is put together by Phil Bennett.
A different route and location awaits riders participating in the scenic 100-mile poker run as well as a number of different vendors and entertainment from a number of performers including the world champion Central Florida Drill Team.
"This is a family event so we have things available for children if you want to bring your children out this weekend," Todd said.
The HRA is picking up the tab for all children who enter the Children's Museum of Highlands during Run to the Heartland. The Masons will also be at the event doing the Child's I.D. program, which provides free identification cards for children and parents.
"There is a lot of stuff going on. We've had lots of phone calls and emails with interest and the hotels are filling up," Todd said. "We will have great food vendors, great music and we just want to encourage people to come out, bring a chair or a blanket and join us, and enjoy the music and the event."
The ninth annual Run to the Heartland kicks will be held this weekend, Oct. 5-7 in Historic Downtown Sebring. A number of local musicians, as well as non-local acts, will perform throughout the weekend. The family friendly weekend will also wrap up Sunday evening following the Christian Motorcycle Association breakfast and worship service on the Circle. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. followed by service.
Run to the Heartland is a free event and open to the public. For more information contact Todd at 381-6467.
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