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Annual Patriot Express Motorcycle Benefit Ride to Roll Through Union

Daniel Prince

Patriot Express founder Dave Barr will speak at Union's Elk Lodge Thursday night

This Saturday, a large group of motorcycles as well as 3-wheeled and 4-wheeled vehicles will be riding from Spartanburg to Union to Woodruff to Boiling Springs and back to Spartanburg for a great cause. The Patriot Express Foundation is holding its 5th annual Military Benefit Run Saturday. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Spartan Motorcycle Company, formerly known as the Wicked Wrench, at 50 Fairview Church Road in Spartanburg. Kickstands will go up at 10 a.m., with riders heading to the Union Elks Lodge, at 1305 South Pinckney Street, to get their first card for the poker run. From there, the ride goes to Rotties, at 228 South Main Street in Woodruff, to receive their second card. They will then head to Pour Sports Pub at 302 Trade Street in Greer. Next, they make two stops in Boiling Springs, at the Moonlight Tavern on Valley Falls Road and then to Wings Etc. on Boiling Springs Road. The ride ends where it begins, at Spartan Motorcycle Company in Spartanburg. Best hand wins $200 and worst hand wins $100. Raffles and 50/50 drawings will be held at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. They will have live music and food, as well. Cost to enter is $25 for a driver, which includes a t-shirt while supplies last, and $10 for passenger.

Patriot Express Founder Dave Barr spoke to WBCU News prior to last year’s ride, and he told us about the origins of the Patriot Express Foundation:

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The SC foundation supports a lot of charitable organizations in the state that help veterans and their families. Last year’s donation went to Service Dogs 4 Veterans, an organization based in Greenville that supplies and trains service dogs for veterans.

Barr will be speaking at the Union Elks Lodge Thursday evening at 7 p.m. There will also be a meet and greet with Barr at Rotties in Woodruff Friday starting at 5 p.m.

For more information, go to or call Garry Thomas at 864-384-6022. Dave Barr and Garry and Judy Thomas will be on the morning show later this week to talk about this year’s ride.

Patriot Express founder Dave Barr on the group's origin
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