Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

13th Annual Ride for Ryan - St. Joseph, Missouri

Written by  June 23, 2015


The morning of Saturday, June 6 got off to a rainy start at St. Joseph Missouri. Many riders were wearing their rain gear when they arrived at St. Joseph Harley-Davidson, the starting point for the 13th Annual Ride for Ryan. Fortunately, the rain moved on in time for the opening ceremony. The event is held each year to honor the memory of Ryan Consolver whose life was cut short at the age of 24 in a motorcycle accident on August 11, 2002. Money raised by the event goes to a scholarship fund dedicated to students who, as Ryan did, have chosen to pursue careers in the construction industry. To date over $150,000 has been raised for the fund.

At the end of last year’s Ride for Ryan, Rick and Janis Consolver, Ryan’s parents, announced that they were ready to turn over the leadership of the ride to the next generation. Ryan’s brother Brad took the reins for the 13th annual event and, with the aid of some mentoring by his parents and the assistance of many faithful volunteers, did an outstanding job.

During the opening ceremony, nine of this year’s scholarship recipients were introduced. Rick, aboard Ryan’s customized Harley, was the leader of the ride that began with the release of brightly colored balloons to honor Ryan’s birthday. The route included a stop for lunch at Savannah Middle School where food was available with the proceeds to be donated to a young boy with terminal cancer. The ride concluded in St. Joseph at Felix Square where vendors were set up and lots of great items could be purchased via live and silent auctions. Several prizes were presented including awards for the youngest rider (3-year-old passenger Parker) and the rider who had the longest trip to the ride (from New York). The 50/50 raffle prize of $276 was won by a 13-year-old boy who graciously donated his winnings back to the scholarship fund.  There were 151 registered participants in the ride.

Ride for Ryan is always a fun ride for a great cause. We will be looking forward to number 14 next June.


Thanks to the St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Buchanan County and Andrew County law enforcement officials for enhancing the safety of the riders by providing traffic control. Several downtown bars also deserve at big “thank you” for their participation in the fund-raising efforts. Special thanks to the St. Joseph firefighters who provided the opportunity for photos from high above Felix Square.


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