KEY WEST, Florida Keys - Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America's most scenic highways to raise money for charity during the 40th annual Phil Petersons Key West Poker Run, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 13-16.
Riders on up to 10,000 bikes are expected to traverse the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1), the 113-mile roadway from mainland Florida to Key West that features 42 bridges and long vistas of breathtaking open water.
Beginning Sept. 1 bikers can register at Peterson's Harley-Davidson of Miami, 19400 N.W. 2nd Ave., and Peterson's Harley-Davidson South, 19825 S. Dixie Highway. Online registration is accepted before that date at www.petersonsharley.com
Upon registering, each participant receives a poker sheet and weekend parking pass. Drivers of cars and trucks also can participate in the run.
Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Poker Run participants are to ride the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, stopping at designated points to draw cards. Entrants who draw the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold Em, competing for a new Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Iron motorcycle or $6,000 cash. The high-stakes round is set for 11 p.m. Saturday at Cowboy Bills Saloon, 610 Duval St.
A section of lower Duval Street is to be closed to car traffic and open only to motorcycles and pedestrians during much of the Poker Run, so bikers with weekend parking passes can park on the street to display their bikes. Other attractions include a Thursday night Upper Duval Crawl for early arrivals, bike merchandise market, Biker Bash and street party, custom bike show, blessing of the bikes and parties at Key West resorts and watering holes.
The Poker Run is a fundraiser for the Diabetes Research Institute and charities of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club.
Events conclude Sunday, Sept. 16, with a brunch and beach party.
Information and schedule: www.petersonsharley.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest