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
11th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
Please plan to join us and mark September 28, 2014 on your calendar for the 11th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run for a great motorcycle ride (maybe the last of the motorcycling season).
11th Annual GVMC Pioneer Run
Sunday September 28th 2014
Starting from the GVMC clubhouse at #307 - 9785 192 Sreet, Surrey.
Sign up from 9am - 10am. First rider out at 10am.
This is an observation road run (with questions to be answered along the way), on some of the best "twisties" in the Fraser Valley. Answering the questions is optional, for those who just want a fun Sunday ride.
Includes a full course dinner at the Clubhouse at the end of the run, with presentation of trophies for winning riders and teams (rider and passenger).
Cost - only $20 (plus applicable service charge if signing up via PayPal).
Pre-register by September 24th to confirm dinner.
The Pioneer Run is dedicated to the memory of all those loyal and hardworking club members who have passed on, but who had a tremendous part in forming the GVMC into what it is today.
Check under Past Events and in the Photo Gallery for information and photos from previous Pioneer Runs.
2014 Pioneer Run
The weather forecast for this year's Pioneer Run was for a mostly sunny day, and it turned out to be correct, with dry roads and an afternoon temperature of about 20 degrees. This resulted in an excellent turnout for the run, with a total of 34 participants setting out at 10am after a snack of muffins, juice and coffee.
The route took them through the backroads behind Fort Langley, out to Abbotsford and across to the backroads behind Mission, in the area of Ruskin Dam and Stave Lake. They had questions to answer along the way in order to compete for the trophies. There were many good comments from the riders on their return that they enjoyed the route.
The run was followed at 3pm by a full course ham dinner, with dessert, at the Clubhouse; and presentations to the winners.
This year's winners are: For the solo riders: 1st place - Wes Jamison, 2nd place - Rob Pinder, 3rd place - Jim Sloat.
For the team (rider and passenger) - 1st place - Phil and Julie Blackburn, 2nd place - Ron and Lil Benderski, 3rd place - Vern and Virginia Billing.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all who attended to make this run successful.
Special thanks to my kitchen helpers - Jackie Heppler, Lois Wilson, Lil Benderski and Julie Blackburn, and to my wife Margie.