In 2001, the GVMC Executive felt that the Club needed an extra Run to complete the Riding Season, so it was decided to set up a Run for the weekend before Thanksgiving. Because of the proximity to Thanksgiving, they thought it would be nice to have a turkey dinner in the clubhouse, at the end of the Run. Thus, it was called the “Turkey Run” with the first one being organized by Len Stenersen for the Fall of 2001. It was hugely successful with everyone enjoying the idea of a full course dinner at the end of the Run and became a regular event with Len continuing to organize the Turkey Run for 2002, 2003, and 2004.
During this period, the Club mourned the passing of several long term early club members culminating with the death of Barry “Bear” Illingworth. At this time, the Executive decided that we should have a Run dedicated to the Club Pioneers. Therefore, the Turkey Run became the Pioneer Run. Pat Peters, long time friend of Barry, donated a totem pole statue that belonged to Barry to become the topper for a Pioneer Run trophy. Len Stenersen set up this first Pioneer Run, trying to use as many pioneer roads in the Lower Mainland as possible, with a few questions for riders to answer along the way, and of course the popular turkey dinner at the end.
For 2005, Bob Vickers took over the organization of the Pioneer Run turning it into an Observation Run by adding more questions along the route, while still trying to keep some historical aspect. The Pioneer Run continues in this format, the routes changing from year to year, but always trying to use lots of scenic, twisty backroads. The emphasis is on having a fun ride, more than a contest, but there are trophies given out to the riders and passengers with the most correct answers, and the full course turkey dinner continues to be a highlight of the event.
Current Information on the Pioneer Run
9th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
Sign Up is from 9:00am-10:00am on Sunday September 30, 2012 at GVMC Clubhouse at #307 - 9785 192nd Street, Surrey, B.C..
Pre-Register by Sept. 15th to confirm dinner.
Ride leaves at 10:00am.
Cost $20.00 per person. If signing up Via Pay Pal the Run is $20.00 (plus applicable service charges).
This is an Observation Road Run through some of the best lower mainland "twisties".
Prizes for the winning Riders and Passengers plus a Full Course Dinner at the Clubhouse at the end of the Run is included.
The Pioneer Road Run is dedicated to the memory of all the loyal and hardworking Club members who have passed on, but who had a tremendous part in the forming of the GVMC into what it is today.
Check under Past Events for pictures and information on previous Pioneer Runs. More photos in the Photo Gallery.