Hundreds of bikers rally for the benefit of underprivileged children

Hundreds of motorcyclists, some with toys strapped to the back of their bikes, hit the road Sunday for the 36th annual DuKane ABATE Toy & Food Run.

DuKane ABATE President Chris Hansen said he expects 600 to 800 runners to join the 45-minute ride on the side road from Elburn to Sycamore.

The one-day event featured live music at both ends of the ride. A burnout competition, biker rodeo, weenie biting competition, mechanical bull and more awaited riders at Sycamore Speedway at the end.

Hansen said two flatbed semis in Sycamore were already overflowing with donated toys and food before the ride began. Donations will be collected by various charities for the benefit of underprivileged children at Christmas.

“A lot of people have a bad impression of motorcyclists, but I challenge anyone to find me a better group of people who do more for their communities and those kids,” Hansen said. “Bikers come together and take care of their community. They always have, they always will.”

ABATE, which stands for A Fellowship Aiming for Education, is an advocacy organization for motorcyclists. The DuKane Chapter represents the state organization in northern DuPage and Kane counties.

The runners were escorted by officers from the Elburn Police Department and deputies from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

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