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Ladies Run breaks ground in Jamestown

For the first time in its 27-year history, the annual North Dakota Ladies Run was held in Jamestown last weekend.

The annual women-only motorcycle tour had 155 riders this year, and has been held in various cities across the state, as well as South Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. Founder and co-organizer Kathy Enders said she’d like to see the event held in Jamestown again in the future.

“It’s (Jamestown) wonderful — especially when we don’t have people who live here organizing it,” Enders said. “They’ve (Jamestown) got the flavor of the community, the museum, Frontier Village — they were wonderful — the motels have been great, and Stutsman Harley … all very helpful.”

The motorcycle run departed from Stutsman County Harley-Davidson at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, following a photo shoot at Frontier Village earlier that morning and a banquet at the Gladstone Inn & Suites the night before.

Pat Miller of Wishek was recruited by Enders to chart the path the bikers would take, which went south on U.S. Highway 281 then west to Jud, north and west to a pit stop in Gackle, than straight east back to Hwy 281 and north to Jamestown, where the group abandoned their bikes for shuttle buses to go to their next banquet at Spiritwood Lake.

“We’re gonna party,” Miller said. “Alcohol and bikes don’t mix.”

Ender’s daughter, Ruth Faul, helped organize this year’s event and was on the first run in Bismarck in 1988.  Faul said her friends and the encouragement from other riders kept her coming back to the event for 27 years, as well as “the realization that I can do it myself, I do not have to have a significant other to help me ride.”

The registration fee for the run was $5 and open to any women who wanted to ride. The proceeds were split in half between a rider whose name was drawn at random, and the activities department at the Anne Carlson Center.

Faul and Enders said they always look for a local charity to donate to on every run they hold.

“What we want to do is experience the environment of that community and their needs,” Enders said. “It isn’t a huge moneymaker, it’s just a getaway. We’re not an organization, it’s just women getting together.”

Enders said she started the annual motorcycle run to help women who ride meet other women who ride, make the public aware that women ride, and give courage to women who want to ride. The event has drawn nearly 200 riders in past years. Enders said she can still recall when she approached the North Dakota chapter of ABATE (American Bikers Aiming Toward Education) for help getting the first ride rolling.

“It’s kind of, yeah, surreal — actually unreal,” Enders said about the success of the ride. “I remember when I went to the ABATE office for help to start this and they thought I was the only woman that rode, and how was I going to find a second one. (An ABATE official said) ‘I can’t believe you have all these women’ … I had nine.”

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