Area bikers will participating in the 2nd annual “Big Steve” Memorial Dice Run will begin the ride in front of the Steven “Big Steve” Sutton Memorial at the Lee County courthouse in downtown Leesburg. (File photo)
LEESBURG — Area bikers will be rolling out Saturday for the “Big Steve” Memorial Dice Run to honor the memory of Steven Sutton, a Marine Lance Corporal from Lee County that was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.
Organized by Sutton’s father, Gene Sutton, himself an avid motorcycle rider, the Big Steve Memorial Dice Run is the second such run that has been organized to raise money for wounded and fallen members of the Armed Forces, The Steve Sutton Lee County ROTC Scholarship, the Purple Heart Outdoor Tour and the West Georgia Long Beards.
Sutton, who is a member of Albany’s Independent Harley Riders motorcycle club, said he started the run as a way of using his personal tragedy to help other service men and women and their families while honoring the life and service of his son.
“I wanted to raise money and pay it forward,” said Sutton. “A lot of people wanted to ride for him.”
The run is held each year on the second Saturday in June to commemorate the June 6, 2012, date of Sutton’s burial. This year’s run will start in downtown Leesburg in front of the Steven “Big Steve” Sutton Memorial located in front of the Lee County courthouse at 10 a.m.
Riders participating in the event will roll out from Leesburg and travel a pre-determined route, before finishing at the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) post on Philema Road.
Along the route riders will make four to five stops and roll dice to build a hand that will be played at the end of the ride. The rider with the best roll will win $100 and the rider with the worst roll will win $50.
Registration for the ride is $15 plus $5 for each rider and will begin at the starting point at 9 a.m. The ride is expected to conclude at 3 p.m. at the VFW where riders will can then enjoy fellowship, food, music, a 50/50 drawing or participate in a silent auction.
“The bikers are just awesome,” said Sutton. “If it wasn’t for them it this wouldn’t be possible. Last year we finished at the moose lodge and there were hundreds of people already there when I rolled in and I had tears in my eyes.”
Sutton said anyone interesting in participating who is not a motorcycle rider is welcome to roll in their vehicle of their choice. Anyone wanting to learn more about the event can contact Gene Sutton at (229) 894-0598.