2015 GVMC/OMC 19th Biennial Halfway Run

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Friday, August 7, 2015
8:00:00 AM
Cottage Grove Oregon
Dwight Harris
(604)466-8812
dwightpat@shaw.ca
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19th BIENNIAL GVMC/OMC HALFWAY RUN


GVMC/OMC

19th BIENNIAL HALFWAY RUN

AUGUST 7-9TH 2015

(CLOSED CLUB EVENT)


WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US FOR THIS FUN FILLED EVENT.
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 RoomSingle or Double $ 99.00 plus tax
Deluxe Room Single or Double $109.00 plus tax
Junior 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 “Vancouver/ Oakland Motorcycle Event” to get the Group Rate)

Please make your reservations early!
All rooms not spoken for will be released on July 7, 2015

(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




Event Comments:
19th BIENNIAL GVMC/OMC HALFWAY RUN


The 2015 Halfway Run this year was back for the fifth time at the Village Green Motel in Cottage Grove, Oregon. In my opinion this location is one of the best that we have ever had for this run. Everything that we need is right on site, good food, drinks, entertainment, a pool and the staff keep telling us that we are the best group that they have ever had stay there. The GVMC group was smaller this year (under twenty-five) the smallest it has been in many years. There are probably a few good reasons for this, we could not get our normal date for this event, the Canadian dollar is at an all-time low and an unfortunate series of accidents which thankfully everyone is recovering or has recovered from. (We missed you all)

There was no planned route for this ride and once again everyone got there on a course of their own. Many came straight down in one day and others took one, two or even three nights to enjoy a leisurely trip through some of the scenic choices that Washington and Oregon have to offer. All were greeted by our Club banner as they entered the driveway.

The festivities got off to a good start at 5:00 PM on Friday afternoon with our cocktail reception on the outside patio. Every one turned out to enjoy a very nice selection of food, plenty of cold drinks and lots of time to catch up with old friends and new. It was a great evening and continued well on into dusk.

Saturday morning found many of us lined up and ready to ride. Others took the day to enjoy the pool, just relax or take in the local sights. For those of us who chose to ride, Brian Jaeger had set up a beautiful back road course with something for everyone. There were plenty of tight twisties, some fast smooth pavement and a meandering track beside a river. The lunch stop was in Reedsport where the restaurant staff all went out of their way. They fed almost thirty people quickly, efficiently and well. And there was ice cream too!!

We were back to the hotel in time to set up for the sailboat race challenge. There were plenty of cheers and jeers with lots of advice from previous competitors. Spectators lined up for the show and it was finally down to the wire. The pressure was really on the OMC this year, eighteen times and they have never won… Ready, Set, Go! Hell and high water!! The GVMC did it again, reigning champs nineteen times.

Now it’s time to get ready for the main event. Everyone is in their finest orange or best club shirts and off to dinner. But first! “That Group Photo” ...sometimes this is the biggest challenge of the weekend but this year everyone lined up quickly and smartly and with the help of a hotel staff member on a step ladder we were finished in minutes.

Once again the staff had out done themselves with the room set-up and the tables decked out in black and orange with flowers to match. The dinner lived up to the décor and the delicious buffet was enjoyed by all.

With dinner finished, our hosts took to the stage for the introductions of Club Presidents and Sergeants-At-Arms, accolades to staff and each other for a job well done and to the eventual passing of the torch. As we focused on the number of years of this event, we had to do the same with our lives, and sadly, this year we recognized the passing of two of our founding fathers, Don Demerse and Bob Davidson. They will be greatly missed and well-remembered by all. A moment of silence was held for them and for the others who are no longer with us.

Just in time! The GVMC travelling sideshow band of performers, artists, musicians and all round good sports are ready to entertain us. Great fun, as the group acted out the lyrics to a somewhat questionable song, performed a “you know you are a redneck” style question and answer skit using a GVMC/OMC theme, a game show and an original composition telling the tale of two clubs meeting many years ago, written, played and sung by Wes Jamison. Thanks to Wes, Deb, Phil, Julie, Donna, Jim and Bob. Good job guys! Lots of laughs and the perfect end to a perfect evening.

Sunday morning again. This day always seems to get here too quickly. With lots of hugs, promises to get together, plans made and a few tears too, we all get through our goodbyes for another two years.

The Halfway Run in 2017 will be our 20th Biennial, the hotel has been booked and the date is back to the original which will be the 4th 5th and 6th of August. Let’s all save this date and start planning and saving now. It would be great if we could make the 20th our biggest turnout ever. Hope to see you there!


Dwight Harris
2015 Ride Coordinator

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