2017 OMC/GVMC 20th Biennial Halfway Run

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Friday, August 4, 2017
8:00:00 AM
Cottage Grove Oregon
Dwight Harris
(604)466-8812
dwightpat@shaw.ca
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20th BIENNIAL )MC/GVMC HALFWAY RUN


OMC/GVMC

20th BIENNIAL HALFWAY RUN

AUGUST 4-6TH 2017

(CLOSED CLUB EVENT)


WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR THIS FUN FILLED EVENT. THIS YEAR MARKS ANOTHER MILESTONE SO LET'S MAKE IT A MEMORABLE ONE!

FOR ALL YOU NEW MEMBERS THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW THE MEMBERS OF OUR SISTER CLUB THAT YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. IT IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE COMPANY OF YOUR OWN CLUB MEMBERS, RIDE WITH THEM AND GET TO KNOW THEM BETTER. THERE IS ALWAYS SOME FRIENDLY COMPETITION, A SCENIC RIDE, FOOD, FUN AND LOTS OF TIME FOR SOCIALIZING.

GETTING THERE WILL BE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, MAKE A PLAN AND JOIN A GROUP, TAKE A TOUR OR JUST TAKE THE DIRECT ROUTE ON YOUR OWN. WHATEVER YOU DECIDE, WE’LL SEE YOU THERE!

Accomodations:

VILLAGE GREEN RESORT
725 ROW RIVER ROAD
COTTAGE GROVE, OREGON

PHONE: 1-541-942-2491

ROOM RATES:
(Includes Continental Breakfast)

Standard Room: Single or Double $ 99.00 plus tax
Deluxe Room or Suite: Single or Double $109.00 plus tax

Each additional adult sharing will be charged $10.00 per room per night.

A block of rooms is being held for this event.
(Quote “Oakland/Vancouver Motorcycle Event” to get the Group Rate)

Please make your reservations early!
All rooms not spoken for will be released on July 7, 2017

(There will be more information available as we get closer to the date)

GVMC Run Coordinator - Dwight Harris - 604-466-8812 dwightpat@shaw.ca
OMC Run Coordinator – Mark Norris - 510-537-5392 markdonna3@sbcglobal.net

Mark this date on your calendar for a great weekend event.

Check in the Photo Gallery and Past Events to see the great fun had at this event in the past.





Event Comments:
2017 OMC/GVMC HALFWAY RUN RIDE REPORT

WOW! Another Halfway Run has come and gone. What to say? Thirty-eight years, twenty times. We were back at the Village Green Inn, in Cottage Grove Oregon for the sixth time. I have said it before but I believe this is the perfect venue for us - we have everything we need for a fun weekend in one spot. The staff is and has always been more than accommodating and go well above and beyond to see that we have everything we need.

Getting there for both clubs is “anyway you like or can”. Some choose to tack the ride on to the end of a holiday. Others have to get there and back quickly so its highway all the way. There was even a turkey vulture and a robbery involved in two rider’s journey. There were variations because of the extreme heat this year and maybe the wise ones came by car. Others took to the Coast which was OK until you had to head inland, or when that morning temperature dropped into the 50’s. I know one other group headed east and braved the extreme heat. All ways, every way, no matter how we got there, it was being there that counted.

This was not our smallest group to ever participate but it was under 70 people this time. The Halfway Run has gotten much better with the passing years. The early ones were far less structured and also much wilder. If you can imagine up to one hundred people at an “extreme” two day pool party with a bar or cooler close by and no one having to ride or drive anywhere for three days… there are many stories to be told and many we can’t remember… good times… great times. As we have aged (and refined slightly) the pace has become a little more adult. The Friday night reception is one of the more recent highlights and everyone gets a chance to catch up with old friends or use the name tags to meet someone new. Everyone seems to enjoy it so much that this event has already evolved from a couple of hours to the whole evening.

Saturday Morning was bright and hot… too hot! Brian had laid out another great ride, this one to Diamond Lake about 125 miles away, but due to the heat, was afraid he was going to have to cancel. By changing the start time to 9:00AM and making a few slight alterations to the route there were about 24 riders and passengers lined up when the horn sounded to start the ride. Here is a perspective of the ride from John Taylor who attended the Run and the ride for the first time:

There was a fairly wide distribution of motorcycles in the group. We had touring bikes, cruisers, adventure bikes and even a Ural sidecar rig. Keeping a group like that together is no easy task and kudos to Brian from the OMC for doing an outstanding job of leading the ride. The ride was a blast! Those OMC guys like a spirited pace and as the ride progressed the riders naturally sorted themselves into groups with similar riding preferences. The route was scenic with lots of fun twisties and shortly after noon everyone arrived at Diamond Lake with big grins on their faces. We invaded the local restaurant for lunch and around 1:00 headed back to Cottage Grove, shredding our way once more through the twisties and enjoying every minute of it. We got back to the resort about 3:00, it was a terrific ride – can’t wait to do it all again in 2019.

For those that did not go on the ride there were many other activities to fill the day. Emma’s “Cast of Characters” worked on their parts for the evening entertainment. Others went sight-seeing or lounged by the pool. One kind gentleman took three ladies into town to shop and patiently waited at each stop for them, not complaining once, and then to top it off bought lunch for all. Thank you Brock. There was another fellow who spent a portion of the afternoon operating on his passenger, “Boner”, who suffered a slight mishap on the trip down but will be sitting straight and tall again by the time they leave.

Everyone was back to the hotel in time to start the 20th Annual Sailboat Race. The heat did not dampen the enthusiasm and the crowd was all there cheering, jeering, and cat calling for or against their respective team. We had eight participants from each club this year and they were all very eager and enthusiastic… maybe even more so because the pressure was really on, one side has never won and the other has never lost, there would be infamy either way. The Admiral is on Deck, the Commodores are ready and the Captains are set to go! Wind and waves, who will make it to the finish first? Oh No! Not Again! It’s the GVMC for the 20th time in a row! Maybe it’s time we took a look at giving the OMC a small handicap, something to think about for next time.
Now off to face the camera for that all important group photo under the two Clubs’ banner. It seemed to take a little longer this time… just when I thought we were getting it down perfectly. No stepladder allowed this time. Luckily we had the use of the back of Bob’s pickup truck and with a little hand up and some good balance, Jeremy managed to get us all in.

Our Banquet is always the highlight and the finale this year was right on track. The room was set up beautifully, flowers on every table and a great looking buffet waiting. Some introductions first, our Run Coordinators, Mark and Dwight, said a few words and went on to introduce our Club Presidents Bob and Phil. There was a little bantering between the two, then it was time to take a moment to remember the ones who are no longer with us and those who just could not be here this year. This was handled very well by our two elegant and charming masters of ceremony, Larry and Ron. Thank you both. Table numbers were called and dinner was underway. The hotel did a great job once again. The food was very good, there was plenty of it, and the wine flowed on and on.

Now it is time for the show! Emma has been our resident Entertainment Director for quite a few years now, and I think she managed to outdo herself this year. Wes started it off with his song about the meeting of the two clubs… soon to become an anthem, I’m sure. Next Wilna performed her classic reading which never fails to bring the house down. After that Emma and Fran performed some clever choreography to “Something Pink and Blue”, which looked and sounded very much like the front of the Blues Brothers and the back of the Pink Panther. We then went on to a very tall sexy Easter Rabbit who danced across the stage and amongst us with great grace and form. Wilna again…this woman is tireless! There is always a break out star and who would have thought it!! “The Middle aged Woman”, Jan, stole the show; she was and did it all. By the time she was finished we were rolling in the aisles with laughter. Very well done Jan. Great show, great fun, thank you all.

We left very early and missed most of the Sunday Morning good byes, but I am sure there were many. Hope everyone made it home safely.

Two years from now, in August 2019, it will be forty years since it all began… 1979 – 2019.

Hope to see everyone back again!

DWIGHT HARRIS
GVMC RIDE COORDINATOR

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