GLENDALE—The Hye Riders Motorcycle Club, Armenian Cycling Association (ACA), and Armenian Hiking Society (AHS) have joined the “100 km Tribute” effort initiated by the Armenian Hikers Association.
“We’re excited to join this effort,” said Jacques Merdkhanian, further explaining, “we’ve done charity rides for the Armenian Bone Marrow Research Project, and now we get to do what we love, riding our bikes, to support the Armenian cause.”
Planned for the Thanksgiving weekend, participants will walk or ride 100 km in memory and honor of the 1.5 million who perished during the Genocide in its centennial year. Walkers’ and riders’ thoughts, pains, and participation will serve as the raw material for a documentary film.
Much like any walk-a-thon, participants will also raise funds through sponsors. These donations will then be contributed to a project (soon to be announced) focused on the Genocide and Western (Turkish occupied) Armenia.
Berdj Kasbarian, Hye Riders’ president calmly and firmly accepted the invitation to join, noting “our club is always willing to help whether it’s by riding all the way to Washington D.C. on the occasion of April 24 or helping the AYF’s annual ‘Cycle Against Denial’ bicycle ride.”
A kickoff reception is already scheduled for October 19th.
Anyone interested in participating or following developments about the Tribute is encouraged to visit 100kmtribute.com or check on Facebook. The organizers may be contacted as well: Armenian Hikers Association at [email protected] or on Facebook; Armenian Hiking Society; Armenian Cycling Association at [email protected]; Hye Riders or call 818/434-5952.