Ken Sanford Memorial Ride set for scenic Oregon

Secure hotel by Feb. 14 for best rate

A few changes to the program for the Ken Sanford Memorial Ride, an annual motorcycle and bicycle ride that benefits two key CDA Foundation programs, will allow everyone who attends the event to enjoy the sights and activities that appeal to them most. Baker City, Oregon, is the setting for this year’s event, which takes place Sept. 16-18.

Format changes for the 10th annual event are:

  • No formal ride: Suggested routes with maps and GPS files will be available for attendees who can otherwise ride at their own pace and with whomever they wish.
  • No formal continuing education: Each rider will informally provide 30 to 60 minutes of C.E. to the group, based on riders’ subject-matter expertise.
  • No formal event fee: The “cost” of attending is each attendee’s time in C.E. credit provided.
  • A suggested contribution of $150–$1,200 (Friend of the Foundation) to the CDA Foundation. All donations, including larger amounts, are appreciated.

Attendees can choose to enjoy the Eastern Oregon area via scenic day trips by motorcycle, car or bicycle, as well as by hiking and mountain biking on local trails or fishing, kayaking and whitewater rafting on the Powder River. Golfing at nearby Quail Ridge or Buffalo Peak is another option for recreationists and outdoor enthusiasts.

Craft-beer tasting and brewery touring, as well as wine tasting, are located within steps or a couple short blocks of the Geiser Grand Hotel, the preferred event accommodation. And urban hikers can browse the locally owned and operated shops and galleries that dot the city’s historic district.

“Consider it a great vacation rather than just a fun weekend,” says event organizer Ron Mead, DDS, CDA Foundation chair. “There is truly something for everyone.”

Special rate for rooms reserved by Feb. 14

Room reservations made at the Geiser Grand Hotel by Wednesday, Feb. 14, receive a special nightly rate of $154. Dentists should ask for the “dentist rides block rate.” Reservations made after this date will be accepted at the regular rate and as rooms are available.

Ken Sanford, DDS, was one of the original organizers of the first motorcycle ride in 2009, and the event was renamed in his honor after his death the following year. This event gives participants the opportunity to ride, bike or drive beautiful terrain while earning C.E. and helping support the CDA Foundation and its two flagship programs, CDA Cares and the Student Loan Repayment Grant.

To learn more about the event or to register to attend, contact Ron Mead by email or at 805.801.1816. You can also visit the event’s Facebook page. To reserve a special-rate room at the Geyser Grand Hotel, call 541.523.1889.

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