City of Sturgis, Rally Samaritans go the extra mile

There are only a few days left of the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Organizations and officials are pitching in to make the remaining rally experience a pleasant one.  

Thousands of bikers have flooded the region to celebrate the City of Riders, and it will be time for clean-up when the rally is over. The Sturgis Public Works Department is prepared for when it’s time for everything to go back to normal, according to Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen.

“You see the streets here, it’s nice and clean this morning,” said Carstensen. “The roads are cleared off every single night. The operations have been running very smooth. We get to start fresh every day, and it makes the city beautiful for everyone.”

Plenty of organizations assist in making the rally enjoyable. The Christian Motorcycle Association is a non-profit organization, dedicated to reaching people through ministry on the highways. CMA’s members have a love for motorcycles and a knack for extending a helping hand.

“We are so appreciative of the city of Sturgis and the administration that allow us to do what we do,” said CMA’s Board of Directors Roger Wilson.

Rally goers can spot CMA’s members handling tickets at the photo towers on Main Street, however the work doesn’t stop there. They also assist in public safety and security, volunteering at hospitals in the region, and offering emergency transportation to anyone in need.

“We want people to have fun and be safe. We also have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus,” said Wilson.

Carstensen is having a wonderful time at the rally and says it’s been a success. Sturgis will close shop on Sunday. Hurry, but travel safely to the remaining festivities.