‘Cycle rides join for charity event

Photo courtesy Tom Funtsch
The Edge-Ross Ride charity tour expects up to 400 motorcyclists to take part in the 45-mile cruise, which kick starts at Elizabeth Park Saturday.

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TRENTON — The annual motorcycle ride kick-starting in Elizabeth Park combines this year two traditions, resulting in an even bigger day of motorcycles, charity, food and entertainment.

Cyclists will rev up beginning at 11:15 a.m. Saturday for the Edge-Ross Ride, a combination of the Andy Ross Ride and Edge Memorial Ride in memory of Andy Ross, who died in a motorcycle accident, and cancer victims Edwin Volliffe and George Gorno Sr.

Proceeds from the 45-mile ride benefit the Trenton Firefighters Charities, and Oakwood Southshore and Henry Ford Wyandotte hospitals.

The charity event is sponsored by the Trenton Fire and Police departments and Gorno Mazda. Trenton Fire Engineer Tom Funtsch, co-chair of the event, said that the riders, charity, and even non-riders are welcome.

This will be the 12th annual event in honor of Ross, who served with the Trenton Fire Department, and declining participation prompted the merging of two rides.

The route passes through several state Metroparks, Funtsch said, and crowds typically form to watch up to 400 motorcycles roar by. For the first time, this year’s after-party welcomes non-riders to give to the cause and enjoy an evening’s entertainment.

The ride ends at an after party at Gorno Mazda on Allen Road will include a raffle, food and entertainment. Single rider tickets are $30, $55 for riders with passengers and $30 for non-riders attending the after party.

For information and registration go to www.edgerossride.com.