1000-in-24: THE 1000-IN-24 RUN FOR 2015 HAS BEEN CANCELED

CFW's first 1000-IN-24 endurance ride was run in August of 1985. With a committee numbering about 10, we set about planning this thing about which we knew absolutely nothing about. As we sat around the table brainstorming, it very quickly became evident that this was going to be a huge undertaking.  We had to consider things like start time, end time, route, degree of difficulty of the route, accident liability, participant safety, and a host of other things that we as individuals had never given a second thought to whenever we hit the highway for a road trip.

We decided to play what we figured would be "safe".  We developed a route which encompassed seven states in and around our home state of Colorado.  For those of you that don't have an atlas handy, the states were Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

An issue of major concern was how to keep this from becoming a cannonball-run type of event. We didn't want the participants to throw safety and caution to the wind for the sake of being the first to cross the finish line. After much discussion and the loss of some hair, we decided to take the following approach. We would announce at the riders meeting that the endurance run was not a race for a race's sake. We would give each entrant the total complement of event paraphernalia (hat, shirt, pin and in later years we would add then remove a belt buckle) when they checked in to begin the event. The speech would go on to say that once they left the staging area, we didn't care if they rode the event or returned home to finish their night's sleep. However, the only way they would be considered a finisher's and receive a finisher's award, (supplied by our sponsor at the time Lakewood Honda Ltd.) was to check back into the finisher's area and, after verification, have ridden a 1,000 miles or more in the allotted time. Another benefit offered to finishers and non-finishers was the feed sponsored by Lakewood Honda and held sometime after the event. Notification of the dates for the event were sent to participants via U.S. Mail.

Well, times have changed and so has our sponsor. Fay Myers Motorcycle World is our current sponsor and is committed to upholding the standards established by Dave Weinstock (former owner of Lakewood Honda Ltd).

After running this event for 29 successful years we have come to realize a few things. The first given is, that no matter what you say to people, they figure out that someone has got to be the first one back to the finish. That means there will always be someone who will try to be the first. Another thing is that endurance riders must be willing to take responsibility for their own actions.

The safety record of the event is outstanding. In 29 years of running this event, we proudly boast of an extremely low accident rate of less than 1% for the total number of participants entered. Part of our commitment to safety includes a tech. inspection of each participating motorcycle prior to leave time. We check for worn tires and make sure that all signaling systems are operative. In the pre-event package we send to each participant we stress the importance that both their machine and they are in good mechanical and physical condition before embarking on the trek.

In 1994, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the event and we commemorated the occasion with a special edition belt buckle. And in 2009 for our 25th anniversary we had a special challenge coin minted. Over the years we have standardized many aspects of the event. One such standard is the time of year the event is run. It's always held the third weekend in August. We also run the event rain or shine. Bad weather adds to the challenge. The leave time more often than not has been between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. If that window changes you will be notified prior to the event. Once you sign in you can leave anytime during the two hour window. The staff will clock you out when you indicate you are ready to begin your journey. You must return to the staging area within 24 hours of the time when you were clocked out to be considered a qualified finisher. The staging area will be at Fay Myers  Motorcycle World (9700 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood Village, CO).

We will resume the ride in 2016. The 2015 1000-IN-24 was scheduled for August 15th and 16th. For the 31st annual, the entry fee was set at $55.00 per rider and $110.00 per couple and would have included a pin, shirt, and hat. The shirt, would have displayed this year's route map on the back.

Again for the 11th year in a row we will offer the riders a chance to earn an IBA (Iron Butt Association) "Saddle Sore 1000" certificate at a reduced price if they complete the route in the allotted time and with the required mileage.  For this year (2015) however, we ask riders to contact us and set up an appointment with Bill Gillespie at this email for IBA qualification. The forms will be available at the start of the ride. See the IBA website at: Iron Butt for more information.

Included in your entry, once again in 2015, riders who complete the 1,000 miles in 24 hours also will receive a certificate of achievement from the Motorcycle Endurance Riders Association (MERA). The MERA "1000 plus in 24" certificate is being provided to all qualifying 1000-in-24 participants free of charge by MERA.

If you think you would like to see a lot of the Colorado and maybe some of other neighboring states country side in a short period of time or maybe you're just curious about being able to ride a 1,000 miles in a 24 hour period,  join us and enter in the US's longest running event of it's kind.

Here's the 2015 route map we originally planned for the ride. Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop(overall .jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 1 (.jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 2 (.jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 3 (.jpg file), Chama-Rabbit Ears Pass Loop, stage 4 (.jpg file).

We plan to renew the ride in 2016 and it will start between 2:00am and 4:00am, there will be the usual inspection of your motorcycle for safety.

The Stats and other information from last year's ride are here: Stats

The Route 2015

Chama/Rabbit Ears Loop

1,047 miles

Start and end: Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO.
Leave parking lot, turn right (North) on Dayton St. northbound to Arapahoe Rd./CO-88 0.1 miles.
Turn left on Arapahoe Rd. westbound to I-25 0.4 miles.
Turn right onto I-25 southbound ramp.
Continue on I-25 southbound to Exit 52 Walsenburg.
Turn right onto I-70 Business Route to US-160.
Turn right (west) on US-160 to US-285 at Alamosa.
Turn left (south) on US-285 to CO-17 at Antonito.
Turn right (southwest) on CO-17 to New Mexico Border.
Continue on NM-17 to US-64 at Chama, NM.
Turn right (west) on US-65 to US-84.
Turn west on US-84 to US-160 at Pagosa Springs, CO.
Turn right (east) on US-160 to CO-149 at South Fork.
Turn left (north) on CO-149 to US-50 at Blue Mesa Reservoir.
Turn left (west) onto US-50 to CO-92 at Spinero.
Turn right (north) onto CO-92 to CO-65.
Turn right (northeast) onto CO-65 to Road 45 1/2.
Turn right (east) onto Road 45 1/2 to I-70 at Debeque.
Turn right (east) onto I-70 Exit 87 at Rifle.
Turn left (north) onto CO-13 to US-40 at Craig.
Turn right (east) onto US-40 to CO-14 at Rabbit Ears Pass.
Turn left (east) onto CO-14 to I-25 at Ft. Collins.
Turn right (south) onto I-25 to Exit 197/Arapahoe Road/CO-88.
Turn left (east) onto SR-88/Arapahoe Road to South Dayton St.-0.4 miles.
Turn right onto South Dayton St. to Fay Myers Motorcycle World-65 yards.
Turn left into Fay Myers parking lot.