Walters Brothers

The idea for a local ride benefitting cancer research, education, and treatment all began with two Central Illinois women – Barb Allen and Geri Shurts – who had ridden in the National Pony Express Tour in 1996. (That year, the Tour - a national fundraising ride for breast cancer research - raised over $317,000.) Together, these two women petitioned the Peoria Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to sanction an annual local motorcycle ride.

The first Ride was held May 10, 1997. At that time, the Ride was only open to female riders. Along with supporters, 36 motorcyclists paraded from Glen Oak Park in Peoria, Illinois, to the Peoria Motorcycle Club in Bartonville, Illinois. In 1998, the Ride was opened to men. Almost 200 motorcycles paraded from Glen Oak Park to Jubilee College State Park in Brimfield, Illinois.

Over the years, the numbers have grown and the parade routes have varied. Each year, however, the state and local police have been involved, helping the Ride committee ensure the safety of all participants. The Shoppes at Grand Prairie has been the Peoria kickoff site for the local Ride for the Cure since 2004. Ending locations have included places such as: East Peoria Convention Center, Pekin’s Dragons Dome, Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson, and Exposition Gardens.

With the 2016 Ride, we did not have a parade. The annual fundraising Ride For The Cure continues with the sponsorship of Walters Brothers Harley-Davidson. Central Illinois communities and businesses have been very supportive of the Ride. The 2008 Ride for the Cure was one of the biggest years ever! Seventeen hundred participants helped in raising $50,000.00!

Since 1997, $470,000.00 has been raised!

Peoria Ride for the Cure proceeds are distributed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - for research, education, and treatment of breast cancer. All motorcycle riders and enthusiasts are invited to join us to increase awareness and help eradicate this disease that affects both men and women.