Ride for Life Saturday

A benefit motorcycle ride returns to north Georgia this weekend to help in the fight against cancer.

The 6th annual Ride for Life (For Those Who Can’t) takes place Saturday, with proceeds benefiting Relay for Life groups throughout northeast Georgia.

Eddie Hallford organizes the event each year and said turnout is expected to be very strong, but adds that there is still time to get involved.

Hallford said that a group will leave Toccoa early Saturday morning to join the main ride in Hall County.

“The Toccoa group is going to meet between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. at the end of the Wal-Mart parking lot next to the Waffle House,” said Hallford, who added they would leave there to go to the Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Oakwood, Ga., in Hall County.

Hallford said walk-up registration for the ride will take place at the starting point in Oakwood.

The ride leaves at 10 a.m. from Oakwood and travels to Helen through Gainesville, Clarkesville, and Cleveland.

According to Hallford, the ride will end at about 11:30 a.m. at Chattahoochee Biker Gear in Helen.

He said the public is invited to take part in a number of events that will take place in Helen at the end of the ride.

“The ROTC program is scheduled to do a flag raising, the presentation of colors, and the pledge of allegiance,” said Hallford. “There will be a national anthem. Then we will have something called ‘For whom the bell tolls.’ We will have 12 bells and then we have the 13th bell that is rung for all of those people who don’t have anyone to be there for them.”

For more information on the event, contact Hallford at 770-967-5314 or 706-491-5340.