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Rider turnout

Postby edgy » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:31 am

Glad too see this on the board. There are alot of riders that don't race but I think would like to ride the low key, fun events. A great way increase participation. Maybe as more people ride the poker runs some may feel more confident at trying a race or two.

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby firffighter » Sun Jan 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Love poker runs. Great atmosphere no matter what your skill level. Wonderful way to meet folks and enjoy our awesome trails.
Clubs do a good job putting them on.

My wish list for some small improvements:

1) 2 courses. 1 longer more difficult course for experienced riders (50 -100 miles), and a shorter easier course for those looking for something less difficult (think family friendly)

2) Communicate very clearly at riders meetings that when someone faster is behind you, you need to let them pass! Too much bogus racing out there. Vice versa, if you are fast, don't dart up ahead, stop and let 10 guys go by, then ride up their butt trying to get by again.

3) Have a poker run series. How much fun would it be to have a handful of trophies at the OMRA awards banquet for those who do well in 5-6 poker runs.

Hate to make comparisons, but NMA up in Washington used to do a poker run series and had great turnouts for their events.

Poker runs are the lifeblood of our sport IMO. It's where we introduce young new riders to our amazing sport. It's where our off-road families enjoy riding together. It's where riders of all ages can do an entry level event and fall in love with riding. It's where riders of all ages, skill level and experience can rub shoulders, make connections and most important get involved! It's what keeps the sport we love alive for future generations.

I'll never forget my first poker run. It was 1984 and I was 14, riding my dad's Honda XL 250 (what a beast for a young new rider). My best friend's dad took us to Jordan creek for our first event. I was so excited and nervous. It seemed like such a big deal at the time. I felt like I was racing an ISDE! I made it 20 miles, dumbed it on a hill climb and put a hole in my case dumping all of my oil onto the rocks. I pushed, pulled, and towed my bike all of nye way back. I was totally whipped! They let me draw my hand and I won a huge trophy. I was so stoked! Been riding ever since! I just remember how much camaraderie there was and how cool it was to be around all of the bikes and people excited about riding. It was also the best hot dog I ever ate after pushing my bike 20 miles!


Anything we can do to make poker runs more exciting and fun for all riders would be awesome!


Just 1 old riders opinion :D

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby edgy » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:27 am

firffighter wrote:Love poker runs. Great atmosphere no matter what your skill level. Wonderful way to meet folks and enjoy our awesome trails.
Clubs do a good job putting them on.

My wish list for some small improvements:

1) 2 courses. 1 longer more difficult course for experienced riders (50 -100 miles), and a shorter easier course for those looking for something less difficult (think family friendly)

2) Communicate very clearly at riders meetings that when someone faster is behind you, you need to let them pass! Too much bogus racing out there. Vice versa, if you are fast, don't dart up ahead, stop and let 10 guys go by, then ride up their butt trying to get by again.

3) Have a poker run series. How much fun would it be to have a handful of trophies at the OMRA awards banquet for those who do well in 5-6 poker runs.

Hate to make comparisons, but NMA up in Washington used to do a poker run series and had great turnouts for their events.

Poker runs are the lifeblood of our sport IMO. It's where we introduce young new riders to our amazing sport. It's where our off-road families enjoy riding together. It's where riders of all ages can do an entry level event and fall in love with riding. It's where riders of all ages, skill level and experience can rub shoulders, make connections and most important get involved! It's what keeps the sport we love alive for future generations.

I'll never forget my first poker run. It was 1984 and I was 14, riding my dad's Honda XL 250 (what a beast for a young new rider). My best friend's dad took us to Jordan creek for our first event. I was so excited and nervous. It seemed like such a big deal at the time. I felt like I was racing an ISDE! I made it 20 miles, dumbed it on a hill climb and put a hole in my case dumping all of my oil onto the rocks. I pushed, pulled, and towed my bike all of nye way back. I was totally whipped! They let me draw my hand and I won a huge trophy. I was so stoked! Been riding ever since! I just remember how much camaraderie there was and how cool it was to be around all of the bikes and people excited about riding. It was also the best hot dog I ever ate after pushing my bike 20 miles!


Anything we can do to make poker runs more exciting and fun for all riders would be awesome!


Just 1 old riders opinion :D

Well stated. A Poker Run series, I think that could evolve well.

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby Tawmass » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:31 am

FYI, we've had a PR Series in the past. It wasn't as successful as we'd hoped, but perhaps it needed better marketing, or even it could be more successful now. Would be really nice to have.
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Re: Rider turnout

Postby firffighter » Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:01 pm

Just a few more thoughts on the poker run turnout topic.

* it seems like the most successful poker runs I've attended have been 2 day events. Maybe it's the added social aspect of camping and hanging out with fellow dirt bikers for a couple of days that ads so much to the event. Or, it could be that you get more bang for your buck with 2 days of riding. Folks usually drive long distances to events and if it's a 2 day run, they might be more apt to come and stay. I realize this is not possible at all venues due to lack of camping facilities. The 2 absolute BEST poker runs I've been to are the Shelton valley poker run in Shelton, WA and the smugglers run at Capital forest. Both have huge turnouts and both are 2 day events.

* I do think getting the word out is key. That is very difficult to do nowadays. Not sure how much of the dirt bike crowd are Tweeting and Snap chatting :D . But, reality is Facebook is a pretty good way to promote events as well as the many long time dirtbike sites like Thumpertalk, KTMTALK, gasgas rider and cafe husky.

*. Lastly, I am a big believer in "if you build it, they will come". When an event is well done, word gets out. There are events here in the NW that folks never miss and continue to grow because they are done well and become a "happening", something you tell your friends "you gotta come next year". This takes some patience as it takes time for such events to grow their reputation. The Desert 100 and 24 hr at the ridge didn't become,what they are today overnight.

Just some more random thoughts from an old dude who loves to ride cool NW events.

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby firffighter » Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:42 pm

Ok, one more bright idea that I think would boost turnout. What about a ride for the cure themed event. I think all of us like healthy breasts :D , and riding through the woods wearing a pink bra on your chest protector or on your number plate would be a wonderful way to help out with breast cancer and promote a fun atmosphere that everyone can get into.

We all have a mom, sister, aunt, grandmother or daughter that we can support with this type of event.

Would be easy to promote and lots of creative ways to not only raise support, but get support from others outside the dirtbike community.

Ok, done with bright ideas for the day :lol:

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby racermom » Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:33 am

Great idea! I would come! Its the best way I've found to learn new riding areas. Too old and slow to really race anymore, so Poker Runs is where I get my 'fix'. And I can ride alone at my own pace and have lots of people guaranteed to come along and help me pick my bike up :oops:

Just post it somewhere well in advance so I can plan the family weekends...

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby izzo » Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:04 pm

firffighter wrote:Love poker runs. Great atmosphere no matter what your skill level. Wonderful way to meet folks and enjoy our awesome trails.
Clubs do a good job putting them on.

My wish list for some small improvements:

1) 2 courses. 1 longer more difficult course for experienced riders (50 -100 miles), and a shorter easier course for those looking for something less difficult (think family friendly)

2) Communicate very clearly at riders meetings that when someone faster is behind you, you need to let them pass! Too much bogus racing out there. Vice versa, if you are fast, don't dart up ahead, stop and let 10 guys go by, then ride up their butt trying to get by again.

3) Have a poker run series. How much fun would it be to have a handful of trophies at the OMRA awards banquet for those who do well in 5-6 poker runs.

Hate to make comparisons, but NMA up in Washington used to do a poker run series and had great turnouts for their events.

Poker runs are the lifeblood of our sport IMO. It's where we introduce young new riders to our amazing sport. It's where our off-road families enjoy riding together. It's where riders of all ages can do an entry level event and fall in love with riding. It's where riders of all ages, skill level and experience can rub shoulders, make connections and most important get involved! It's what keeps the sport we love alive for future generations.

I'll never forget my first poker run. It was 1984 and I was 14, riding my dad's Honda XL 250 (what a beast for a young new rider). My best friend's dad took us to Jordan creek for our first event. I was so excited and nervous. It seemed like such a big deal at the time. I felt like I was racing an ISDE! I made it 20 miles, dumbed it on a hill climb and put a hole in my case dumping all of my oil onto the rocks. I pushed, pulled, and towed my bike all of nye way back. I was totally whipped! They let me draw my hand and I won a huge trophy. I was so stoked! Been riding ever since! I just remember how much camaraderie there was and how cool it was to be around all of the bikes and people excited about riding. It was also the best hot dog I ever ate after pushing my bike 20 miles!


Anything we can do to make poker runs more exciting and fun for all riders would be awesome!


Just 1 old riders opinion :D



I have to agree. I did many poker runs when I was younger tillamook forest/browns camp/prison camp etc... They were always 2-3 day events. We'd show up friday night and leave sunday night.

There were two courses. Hard, which I never got to experience. And they were a bit longer. Then easy. The easy trail was really just logging roads lol. BUT! There were a lot of little "hard" and "medium" sections you could venture off on. They weren't very long but fun little offs to hit.


I am located in Warrenton, OR. I want to get out and do some riding!! BADLY lol

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby JR61F » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:44 pm

edgy wrote:
firffighter wrote:
3) Have a poker run series. How much fun would it be to have a handful of trophies at the OMRA awards banquet for those who do well in 5-6 poker runs.



Well stated. A Poker Run series, I think that could evolve well.


Lobos MC will be trying out a series this year to see how it works out and how much interest there is, see link to other topic.

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby aaagul45 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:49 am

What about a ride for the cure themed event. I think all of us like healthy breasts :D , and riding through the woods wearing a pink bra on your chest protector or on your number plate would be a wonderful way to help out with breast cancer and promote a fun atmosphere that everyone can get into. ???
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Re: Rider turnout

Postby Revival2013 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:09 pm

The more Poker Runs the better. When I was riding the whole schedule of enduros back in the 70's and 80's Poker Runs were looked down on. Now, I realize how beneficial they are to the younger and older riders who wont be doing any more competitive events. Not being familiar with the trails and having a terrible sense of direction makes me appreciate arrowed trails with the support of club members working the event.

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby firffighter » Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:12 pm

Promotion, promotion, promotion! Getting the word out about these Poker runs is key. Lots of sites to promote these events and other than lame Thumpertalk I rarely see any information about the Poker runs. The Mt. Scott poker run at McCubbins is a great family oriented event with 2 days of riding with a night ride! The Nestucca Poker run is very well organized and run with a great turnout and Applegate club does an amazing job.

Again, if these Poker Runs are well advertised and promoted they become "can't miss" events. The Shelton Valley Poker run and Smugglers Poker run, both in Washington have hundreds of folks turnout and it's an "EVENT!" Food, prizes, camping, T-shirts, etc. and you know you're going to get a great 50 mile ride.

Unfortunately, I think most of the attention and effort goes to racing around a blue grooved track over and over on an over-priced ,loud arse , valve burner :D

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Re: Rider turnout

Postby edgy » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:38 pm

aaagul45 wrote:What about a ride for the cure themed event. I think all of us like healthy breasts :D , and riding through the woods wearing a pink bra on your chest protector or on your number plate would be a wonderful way to help out with breast cancer and promote a fun atmosphere that everyone can get into. ???

I think this is a great idea, could be for any worthwhile benefit. What an awesome way to promote ohv users in a positive and productive light to the non ohv public. Fair chance that maybe the organization to benefit from it could use their channels to help promote it? I know I would chip in some extra $$ toward a good cause and have a good ride too. It would be a win,win for all party's.


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