|The annual American Legions Riders Rolling Run at Converse Post 593 March 22, 2014. M. Gwynn - Photographer|
|ALR 593 Chaplain Tim Vinson "El Padre"|
ALR organizer Candy Zavala said "It's a biker community kind of thing." Zavala explained that all proceeds from registration fees and concession sales go towards these projects and "anything else our soldiers need. We even visit them in the hospital and give them packets of money - $5 to $10 so they can go down to the canteen and get themselves a soda and ruin their diabetic diets." As she points out, many soldiers hospitalized after being wounded in combat end up far from home with no family around. "We're their family."
ALR in collaboration with their local American Legion post also help out with making Easter baskets and other holiday baskets throughout the year.
This year's Rolling Run offered not one but two different routes to choose from; a northern route through Canyon Lake, and a southern route. Both were approximately 100 miles roundtrip. Participants were given two tickets at the start of the run, and they picked up more at markers along the routes. Once they returned, they dropped their tickets in a jar and door prizes were drawn. Prizes were donated by local businesses who also came to join in on the fun and help out like Best Buy and Texas State bank. The day was capped off with food and games that Zavala calls "stupid" people games like butt darts. "Yea, people have to clench a quarter between their --you know, their legs and sort-of squat-walk over to drop them in a jar."
The event was all in good fun, but the end game always benefits veterans and their families. For more information, visit post593.org or the Post 593 ALR page here.
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