Motorcyclists ride for heroes in Orland

Jan 6, 2014 1:45 PM

Motorcyclists will roar into Orland Saturday, January 18 for the annual “Motor-Icicle” Run to help raise funds for a memorial honoring Orland’s fallen heroes.

The event kicks-off with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the Orland Fire Department and kickstands go up at 11 a.m. The ride will end around 2 p.m. at the fire department and will go on rain or shine. The run is sponsored by Orland Pride and local auto dealership R&R Sales.

Over the last eight years motorcyclists have overcome the elements to raise over $55,000 for various charities. This year all the funds raised during the event will be donated to help construct a memorial to Orland’s heroes who gave their lives in military service since Orland was first incorporated in 1909.

“Since Orland incorporated in 1909, 67 Orland area heroes have given their lives to protect, preserve and defend our nation, yet there is no permanent memorial to honor them,” said Bob Pasero, ride organizer and retired Orland Police Chief. “We contracted with a local sculptor, Ulises Meza, who has designed a beautiful, stirring, and patriotic memorial to honor our heroes.”

Entry fees are $20 for solo riders with an additional $5 per passenger. Riders are encouraged to solicit pledges from friends and family-all of which will go to directly funding the memorial project.

After the event begins in Orland, the riders will then begin a 100 mile ride through Hamilton City, Ord bend, Willows, ElK Creek, Chrome, and eventually back in Orland where they will be treated to a chili feed.

From humble beginnings the event has greatly grown in popularity. According to the event’s press release, 14 riders participated in its inaugural year in 2006. This year event organizers anticipate 200 participants.

Anyone interested in the ride is encouraged to contact Pasero toll free at 1(888)814-2354 or by e-mail at


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