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May 5, 2014

31ST ANNUAL louie run Event official start of motorcycle season

Event official start of motorcycle season

PAINESVILLE — The 31st annual Louie Run Sunday went off without a hitch and marked the official start of motorcycle season.

This year’s Louie Run had 23 start up locations across Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties, and the run began at 10:30 a.m. All net proceeds are donated to a variety of charities that serve Northeast Ohio.

Louie Run volunteer staff member Christopher Coccia and his wife Cheryl said that while they moved 10 years ago to a town an hour north of Baltimore, they drive to Painesville every year to work the Louie Run.

Coccia said, “It was a rainy morning, and that kept a lot of people away, but the turnout got better as the day went on. I’d say the turnout was about average. Probably about 5,000 people.”

“It’s like a reunion for us,” Cheryl said. “We worked it for so many years, so we just keep coming back.”

Captain Ron Walters of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said this year’s Louie Run went well after the overcast skies cleared.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 plus years and we never have any problems with it,” Walters said. “It’s always been a very nice event, and they donate the money to charity.”

The 2013 Louie Run benefited 21 different non-profit charities, including Eastlake PAL, Fallen Riders Fund, Make-A-Wish and Hybrook Lodge blind camp, donating a total of $14,750.

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