In southern Maryland, more than 500 die-hard bikers and weekend warriors will ride together to raise funds for the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. The 11th Annual Bikers for Babies will take place Sunday, October 5 at Maryland International Raceway beginning at 11:00 a.m. with registration, MIRock, pro street bike racing, a top fuel race between Larry “Spiderman” McBride and Dave Vantine, auctions, raffles, vendors and a tattoo contest.

The 45-mile police-escorted ride through scenic southern Maryland will start at 2:00 p.m. on the ¼-mile track and finish at the Charles County Fairgrounds. The family-friendly after party with all the trimmings is provided courtesy of the Waldorf Lions Club and will include entertainment provided by Franklin Square Band, a bike show, auction, vendors, a corn hole tournament, moon bounce and more.

This year, more than 35,000 people will participate in Bikers for Babies rides across the country. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the fun and activities. Individual riders, as well as club members, spectators and families can register online and join to help fund life-saving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies. Tickets bought online prior to the event are $30 and include entry into MIRock, the fairgrounds, lunch and an event pin. Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes effort to helps moms and babies in suburban Maryland and beyond through research, advocacy, education and community programs.

“The March of Dimes Bikers for Babies event is a police-escorted ride through beautiful southern Maryland,” said Jennifer Abell, director of the suburban Maryland March of Dimes. “I often ask others, ‘What if the hardest day of your life was your first?’ and am touched by the show of solidarity, compassion and commitment evident when hundreds of motorcyclists roar down the country roads to bring awareness to healthier babies in our community.”