Join fellow riders and Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines supporters from July 17-19, 2022 for the approximately 750-mile motorcycle ride in Deadwood, SD. The three-day event will be hosted by the IAM Midwest Territory.
The fundraiser benefits Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines, whose mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs.
As a shift from previous years, this year’s Kourpias ride will consist of day trips which will start and end at the Cadillac Jacks Gaming Resort in Deadwood each day. Riders can elect to do each day’s ride or one or more days of the ride. Routes include runs through Devil’s Tower, Badlands National Park, Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, and more.
If you don’t ride a motorcycle, ATV and jeep rentals are also available. See rental rates here .
If you aren’t riding and still want to support the 2022 Kourpias K-9 Classic, you can sponsor a person for each mile they ride, donate to your favorite rider, or simply donate to the cause.
“Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines has always been the IAM’s favorite charity and this year the Midwest Territory has the honor of hosting the annual Kourpias Classic motorcycle ride,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “The fundraiser is named after the late IAM International President George Kourpias, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, who initiated into then-IAM Local 1637 here in the Midwest Territory. So we’re especially excited to make this year’s event unique and special. I encourage all Machinists to contribute in any way they can so we can continue to make a difference to those in need.”
George Kourpias guided the IAM through some of our union’s most challenging times with dignity and grace. He was just as passionate about raising money for Guide Dogs of America. No matter the role, Kourpias always gave everything he had, which is why this ride was created to honor his memory and contribute to one of his favorite charities.
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