Laughlin River Run

Coordinates: 35°08′30″N 114°37′07″W / 35.1417°N 114.6186°W / 35.1417; -114.6186
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Laughlin River Run
GenreMotorcycle rally
DatesLast weekend in April
Location(s)Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
Founded1983
Previous eventApril 25–29, 2019
Next eventTBA,[1][2] deferred from 2020[3]
Attendance70,000 (2005)[4]
Websitelaughlinriverrun.com

Laughlin River Run was an annual motorcycle rally held in Laughlin, Nevada. It was the largest gathering of bikes and bikers in the Western United States.[5] The event drew an estimated 70,000 motorcycle enthusiasts in 2005.

History[edit]

The river run was started in 1983 with 426 participants.[6] It was "conceived by Harley-Davidson dealer Dale Marschke, who wanted to bring his customers on a fun weekend ride."[7] The name comes from the fact that riders are riding out to the Colorado River, on which Laughlin sits. Other riders go across the river to Laughlin's sister city, Bullhead City, Arizona, Route 66 rides to Oatman, Arizona and Kingman, Arizona and also down to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The event featured several attractions and events, including live concerts, many motorcycle vendors, a poker run, drag races, bike show, Ms. Laughlin competition and charity events.[citation needed]

Accommodations are usually made at the various large hotels in Laughlin, however in recent years, campsites have also been utilized for RV's.

The 2002 rally was marred by the River Run Riot, a major brawl between rival motorcycle clubs (Hells Angels and Mongols) at Harrah's Laughlin that left three bikers dead, another 13 injured, and 9 bikers arrested.[8]

The Laughlin Nevada Times reported on January 14, 2020 that the promoter for the 2020 event has not responded to inquiries and its website appears to have been abandoned, and that the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce has removed the event from their calendars.[3] Since that year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the river run to go on hiatus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laughlin River Run". Bike Week Motorcycle Events.
  2. ^ Laughlin River Run, Mohave County Economic Development Department, 2020, retrieved February 8, 2020
  3. ^ a b Wickham, Kane (Jan 14, 2020), "Running its course: There appear to be no plans for a 2020 Laughlin River Run", Laughlin Nevada Times
  4. ^ "Crowds quiet at Laughlin.(23rd annual Laughlin River Run Motorcycle Rally)", Powersports Business  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required), May 16, 2005, archived from the original on April 9, 2016
  5. ^ "BIKES (LAUGHLIN) - 25th Anniversary Laughlin River Run Set for April 25-29, 2007". Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  6. ^ Bartlett, Jennifer (2007-04-25). "River Run roars into Laughlin". Kingman Daily Miner. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2007-05-04.
  7. ^ "Laughlin River Run, Laughlin, Nev". Travel Channel. Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. Retrieved 2013-02-25.
  8. ^ Bach, Lisa (2002-04-28). "MOTORCYCLE GANG VIOLENCE: Laughlin event turns deadly". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2007-05-15.

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