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Red Cross Ride for the Red to Provide Disaster Training

Red Cross Ride for the Red to Provide Disaster Training
5th Annual Ride for the Red to take place September 13 at Heartland Park.

The 5th annual Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Ride for the Red, will take place Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Heartland Park Topeka.

The day will kick-off at 7:30 a.m. at Heartland Park Topeka (HPT) with a pancake breakfast and a 2-1/2-mile motorcycle cruise on the HPT Grand Prix road course, followed by a 120-mile ride through the Flint Hills with stops in Eskridge, a BBQ Lunch in Wamego, and to Rossville. The event concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m. with a post-ride party at Heartland Park, which will feature live and silent auctions, live entertainment, and free entry to the HPT race events that evening.

This year, the motorcycle ride features something unique, an opportunity for local disaster volunteers to practice their skills. Trained Red Cross disaster volunteers will use the event as a training in Mass Care and Feeding by using the Emergency Response Vehicle to feed lunch to the riders in Wamego.

Disaster workers respond locally and nationally to home fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other disasters across the country.

All registered riders will receive a limited edition t-shirt and kickstand plate. To register for Ride for the Red, go to For more information, call 785-234-0568.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Kansas Ride for the Red. Other sponsors include ITC Great Plains, Briggs Auto Group, Kansas Gas Service, Topeka Harley Davidson, Kansas Expocentre, Labor Pros, Westar Energy, Envista Credit Union, Bartlett & West, Penwell Gabel, Country Legends 106.9, WIBW-TV, and Heartland Park Topeka.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.