Saturday, September 14th, downtown Placerville will fill with the rumbling, whirring and thumping of motorcycles as riders congregate for the 8th annual Kacie’s Ride For Hope (KRFH). The KRFH began in 2006 as a result of domestic violence – that being the tragic murder of Kacie Barron. KRFH is a benefit ride to remember her and to generate proceeds for the Center for Violence Free Relationships, known in El Dorado County simply as “The Center.” It has grown into a gathering of society at large, beyond just the motorcycling community, to call attention to the tragic and far reaching consequences of domestic violence.
After Kacie’s tragic murder, surviving family members (particularly brother Pat) were determined that her life and death would not be forgotten. A benefit motorcycle ride was deemed the most salient way to preserve her memory because one of Kacie’s favorite things in life was riding motorcycles. The mid-way point of the ride, Hope Valley, was one of her favorite places to go. A ride route was obvious. KRFH was born.
What began as only a few dozen riders with family/friends ties to Kacie has grown and flourished into a regionally prominent event drawing riders from all over the Sacramento-Tahoe region. It’s grown so much that since 2010, the city of Placerville has graciously allowed the gathering and the beginning of the ride to take place right in the middle of town. The hub of activity naturally is the bell tower and the entirety of Main Street is closed for three blocks in either direction. It’s a real treat for riders and spectators alike. May I say as a resident of Placerville, I am proud that the city’s administrators have the grace to allow such an event to take place smack in the middle of town. It speaks well of the city’s character.
The ride itself is an eye-opening experience of the best vistas the Sierras have to offer. You don’t need a Jart Chart (I still love those) or GPS for the ride, as the course is lined with volunteers showing the way at each turn. You also need not worry about being an “Iron Butt” as Pat & Co have arranged a real nice rest stop at Hope Valley, complete with snacks and beverages. For a sneak peek at the sights, check out the slide shows and articles on the 2009, -10, -11 and -12 rides.
This will be my fifth year on KRFH and it is simply one of those “can’t miss” events on the annual calendar. Doesn’t matter if you’re an inked country boy (or girl) on a Harley, an urban kid on a crotch rocket, a suburbanite on a Beemer, or a misfit on a Triumph, I assure you first hand all are welcome and all will have a grand time. KRFH is worthy of your time and support, not only to remember Kacie Barron, but to help those among us coping with and trying to escape domestic violence.
Until next time, stay tuned and upright,