Fellow bikers plan poker run for injured comrade

SAN MARCOS — He lost both legs and his life changed in the blink of an eye. Ben Rios, 27, is now recovering from serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Aug. 18 while riding on Fire Mountain Drive near El Camino Real in Oceanside.
Now, motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout San Diego are coming together to help buoy Rios’ spirits and defray his mounting medical expenses.
Organized by fellow riders on SanDiegoSportBikeMeetup.com, the Ben Rios Benefit Poker Run will be held at 9:30 a. m. Sept. 27 at Dalton’s Road House, 751 Center Drive, in San Marcos. To participate, just show up and register. Cost is $25 per rider, with $20 of each entry going directly to the Ben Rios Benefit Fund, and $5 going into the pot given to the event’s winning participants. Each rider paying an entry fee is also entered into a raffle to win prizes provided by a number of sponsors.
The Ben Rios Benefit Poker Run is open to anyone who wants to participate in a fun event that will also help out a fellow rider. The route is approximately 60 miles and will begin and end at Dalton’s Road House. Riders will be provided a route map and a playing card upon registration. Riders will then follow the route map, picking up additional playing cards at stops along the way. All riders will return to the starting point and present their “poker” hand of collected cards. The pot will be split between the holders of the highest and lowest poker hand.
Nonriders are also welcome to participate by paying the entry fee and drawing a poker hand at the registration table. Additional contributions may also be made directly to the Ben Rios Benefit Fund at any California Bank & Trust location. Checks to the donation account should be made out to “Lori Rios For the Benefit of Benajmin Rios.”
Sponsors contributing to the Ben Rios Benefit Poker Run event include Dalton’s Road House; www.CargoDesk.biz; Pushin Limitz MC; Cycle Gear; Oceanside Cycle Supply; Motorcycle Gallery; Community Chiropractic Center-Poway, and others.
For more information, contact Steve at canyonstrafer@gmail.com.

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