KICKSTANDS UP: Sturgis Chief’s Ride kicks off Rally action

The ride began in the Sturgis Community Center parking lot and went through Spearfish Canyon and areas around the northern Black Hills. 

STURGIS, S.D. — The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is near.

With perhaps the area’s biggest event starting Friday, local Sturgis riders got a head of the crowd and let the kickstands up during the first annual Chief’s Ride on Wednesday.

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The ride began in the Sturgis Community Center parking lot and went through Spearfish Canyon and areas around the northern Black Hills.

Up to 25 riders registered for the event, each paying $25. A portion of the proceeds went to the Sturgis Animal Shelter and the Sturgis Police Department’s Athletic League.

Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater said that event is meant to give early rally-goers an opportunity to ride as well as give locals a chance to hit the road before the crowd comes.

“We get a little busy during rally, so we thought we’d try something pre-rally,” Chief VanDewater said. “You know, it seems like every year the Rally attendees are showing up early and earlier, so we thought we’d try to corner that market and see if anyone would want to go for a ride with us.”

Following the four-hour, 110 mile ride around the Black Hills, the riders were treated to a lunch.

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