400 Bikers Participate in 12-Step Event at Campground

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August 12, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Participants in the 26th Annual International Serenity Run (ISR) have folded up their tents, checked out of the motels, packed up their gear and gone home. The motorcycles have all but disappeared and the town of Cedaredge, Colo., is much quieter.

More than 400 took part in this year's Serenity Run, filling Aspen Trails Campground, local motels, B&B's and other local campgrounds, the Delta County Independent reported.

The traditional annual parade took place on Aug. 6, starting at the Aspen Trails Campground, passing through historic downtown Cedaredge, then south along the Hwy. 65. business corridor before returning to the campground where competitive games for the bikers on motorcycles took place Saturday afternoon.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9221, with the help of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 9221, and Boy Scout Troop 497, served up more than 575 morning meals at the Cedaredge Community Center during the two days of their famous (secret recipe, of course) pancake breakfast.

Jacqui Ireland and Nate Muniz, co-organizers of this year's ISR and many of the participants were unanimous in their praise for Cedaredge. "We love this place," said Muniz, "and we are totally indebted to the town and the people who live here. They [the people] are so good to us and they make us feel welcome."

And, according to Muniz, although the number of registered participants was down from last year, the event was still deemed a huge success.

Muniz also wanted to thank the Surface Creek Saddle Club for use of the arena in the past several years. Muniz explained that the events all took place at Aspen Trails this year because of the economy and that they hoped to return to the Surface Creek Arena next year. "We miss the shade," he said.

Ireland also offered special thanks and kudos to the new owners of the Aspen Trails Campgrounds, Nancy and Steve Valenzuela, for hosting this year's ISR. This is the 25th year that Aspen Trails has hosted the event, but it is the first year for the Valenzuelas. Steve said he "loved it."

According to the ISR Newsletter, the purpose of the annual run is to "further the Principles, Ideals and Traditions of 12-step recovery program amongst clean and sober motorcycle riders by providing a place where all clean and sober riders could gather annually in Friendship and in the Spirit of Fellowship to share their new lives in Recovery."

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