2013 PNW Motomarathon Joins Search for Bigfoot

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Endurance Motorcyclists to Scour Oregon Woods, Looping Out of BMW MOA International Rally, July 18-21

We want to give people a chance to enjoy the BMW MOA International Rally events and activities along with some great Motomarathon riding.

The Motomarathon™ Association has scheduled its first endurance motorcycling event in the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally in Salem, Oregon, July 18-21.

The Pacific Northwest Motomarathon will loop all four days out of the rally itself, centered at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, and nearby Motomarathon headquarters hotel, Days Inn Black Bear in Salem. The 41st Annual Rally theme is “Beemers, Bigfoot and Blue Skies.”

“The search for Bigfoot is especially intriguing for us,” said Motomarathon Founder John Metzger. “I’ve always thought that the long-distance motorcycling expedition was the best way to cover as many paved twisties as possible to increase the chances for a sighting. This is just one small way that our Association's endurance motorcycling enthusiasts can help the BMW MOA achieve its goals, while contributing to societal evolution.”

Butler Motorcycle Maps (http://www.butlermaps.com) will be routemastering, as the company continues to build out its collection of the best riding maps covering the country’s best motorcycling regions.

Motomarathon officials will be handing out Day One routes at 8pm on July 17th at the Days Inn Black Bear, 1600 Motor Ct., NE, Salem, OR 97301. The Association will also be operating Booth #316 at the Rally to check in riders, and where Metzger’s new book, Motorcycling Through Midlife, will be on sale.

“We want to give people a chance to enjoy the Rally events and activities along with some great riding,” said Metzger. “Participants can opt to ride all four full days, or simply one day or as many single checkpoints as they want. The Motomarathon Association keeps track of accumulated checkpoints for each event, season and overall lifetime.”

Motomarathon routes and checkpoints are kept secret until the night before each day’s ride. Participants complete a series of self-recorded checkpoints using digital cameras to photograph their badge numbers at designated landmarks. For more information, visit http://www.motomarathon.com or call Executive Director Caty Metzger at 303-621-5356.

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