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Riders, roar your engines.

The third annual Boy’s Day Hare and Hound Poker Run will skid out Sunday, May 3 at the Omao track in the Kahili mountain range.

The event is being put on by the Garden Island Motorcycle Club and focuses on encouraging young motorbikers.

“It’s all centered around the kids,” said Bertram Almeiea, GIMC president, organizing the run. “This event has been gaining popularity, mainly because it’s more of a fun run, a family-fun event.”

Mom and dad can ride, too, so long as they have bikes, as different heats will be offered.

Around 20, 30 or 40 miles will be covered in a race. 

Expert or intermediate riders will have two types of races to choose from. A hare and hound run will feature a hare — who is a person on a motorbike — who will get a jump start on the rest of the field. If a rider catches up with them, he or she will get $100.

During the poker run, participants will drive along a trail marked with yellow ribbons. Along the way, 10 checkpoints will be set up and participants have to retrieve a 3×5 card. The first one back with all 10 cards is the winner.

Trophies and prizes will be given out, including 15 bicycles. Entry for kids 12 and under costs $20. Adults are $35. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. at the track just off Kaumualii Highway. Proceeds of the run go for operating expenses, maintaining the trails and putting on other races during the year. The run is in memory of Kapa Moke Jr..

Info: 651-3000 or www.gimc.us.

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