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Heading out on East Highway 6, riders in Imperial Mayor Dwight Coleman’s fourth annual Charity Poker Run likely can feel the heat coming off the pavement. (Johnson Publications photo)

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The motorcycles in Saturday’s Charity Poker Run glisten in the sun as they were lined up before the group left Imperial. A couple of four-wheeled vehicles joined the group, too. (Johnson Publications photo)

Mayor hosts another Charity Poker Run on warm Saturday

Twenty-eight take part in fourth annual event

By all accounts, Saturday’s fourth annual Mayor’s Charity Poker Run was another fun time.
    Imperial Mayor Dwight Coleman’s event drew 28 participants on 20 motorcycles and in two cars on another warm July day.
    While participants were vying for prizes with their five-card poker hands, Mayor Coleman said that’s not the main reason for hosting it each summer.
    He enjoys the camaraderie of the event and the ride.
    “It’s just nice to get together and ride,” Coleman said.
    “And, with the money going to charity, it gives us a purpose for the ride, too.”
    His favorite part of the day is at registration when he can visit with many riders he knows and meet new participants.
    He felt they had excellent participation this year. He knows of at least four others who would’ve attended if they hadn’t been in wheat harvest.
    The riders ran into some rain and small hail between Wray and Holyoke, Colo., Coleman said.
    “It felt pretty good with the heat,” he smiled.
    Before leaving mid-morning from the city gym parking lot, participants picked up their first playing card. They gathered three more along the way before returning to Imperial, where the final card was dealt.
    Stops along the route were in Benkelman, St. Francis, Kan., Haigler, Holyoke, Colo., and then back to Imperial, where the three participants with the best poker hands won prizes.

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