The 17th annual Run 21 Motorcycle Rally will be rolling into Otis on July 22, and event coordinator Darrin “Durwood” Tuers says he is making sure all the ducks are in a row.
In a 45-minute meeting last week, Tuers and his associates, Curt Deel and Keith Morris, met with representatives from the town of Otis, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance Oregon State Police and Rusty Truck Brewing to explain how safety would be handled at the upcoming rally.
Rusty Truck Brewing will bring its beer truck to the rally, could reach upwards of 1,500 people and have more than 100 tents, Tuers said.
He said most of the people attending Run 21 are “professionals” coming from all over the state. He said they’re more interested in showing show off their bikes than stirring up trouble.
“At last year’s rally we estimate that approximately $40,000 was spent by attendees on lodging and services in Lincoln County,” Tuers said.
All present agreed that past rallies for Run 21 had minimal to zero complaints and they looked forward to the upcoming rally.
Tuers said this rally is his third as a full-time event coordinator, but that he had been part of the event for 15 years.
“I got my first bike when I was 8 years old,” he said.
He said the event gives people a chance to escape for the summer and brings an economic boost to Otis.
“It brings some notoriety that this town probably hasn’t had since Pixie Kitchen was here,” Tuers said.
He added that the planning process for Run 21 begins almost immediately after the event is finished.
“Whether it’s getting the bands, security, the different permissions and having all of the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed,” he said, “it’s a full year kind of plan.”
The rally, which features different charities each year, this year will host Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), an international nonprofit devoted to “creating a safer environment for abused children,” according to their mission statement.
BACA members function as sentinels for children who have suffered abuse. Members have appeared in court to support abused children who may be required to give testimony.
“They’ll be here with us this year,” he said. “They’ll have a booth and be doing different raffle items.”
For more information about Run 21, visit www.run-21.com.
For more information about BACA, visit www.bacaworld.org.