Online registration for the 21st annual Ride for Life Motorcycle Rally to benefit the Vikings Children's Fund ends tonight when Monday shifts to Tuesday, but that doesn't mean it's the end of the road.
Day-of registration, which enters participants into a sweepstakes with $20,000 in prizes, including $5,000 in cash, will be available Saturday morning.
The ride is scheduled to start at the Blue Heron Grill in Hugo, where check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Current Vikings players, alumni and cheerleaders will have an autograph session there at 10:30 a.m.
View images from the 20th annual Ride for Life Motorcycle Rally, which was held on July 12 to benefit the Vikings Children's Fund.
Safety Harrison Smith and tackle Carter Bykowski are among those scheduled to attend, as well as former punter Greg Coleman, defensive end Bob Lurtsema and Ted Brown, who ranks fourth all-time in team history with 40 rushing TDs.
"I think it's just great to see all the Vikings fans that are out there and enjoy motorcycling and Vikings football," Vikings Children's Fund Coordinator Pat Leopold said. "They get to mix the two and to see all the motorcycles together at once, and everybody's on the mission, it's a neat thing to experience, especially when they fire up all those motorcycles.
"Just before we take off and it's time to roll, we raise the flag and everybody fires up their bikes at the same time," Leopold continued. "That's always a great moment, quite a blast with all the bikes starting at the same time."
The thunderous roar will rumble around 11:45 a.m., when the group departs for Hinckley's Outdoor Amphitheater. Those who prefer to arrive in Hinckley — via motorcycle or not — on their own can also participate in the event. The Hinckley check-in will open at 11 a.m., with time to greet riders rolling in around 12:35 p.m. The prize party is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. in Hinckley, and the $15 registration fee makes participants eligible for prizes.