Key West Poker Run For Diabetes, Local Charities Brings 10,000 Bikers
KEY WEST (CBSMiami) — Motorcyclists from throughout the United States came to Key West this weekend, raising money for charity during the 40th Key West Poker Run.
Riders on up to 10,000 bikes traversed the 113-mile Florida Keys Overseas Highway through the Keys to the southernmost city in the continental U.S.
Featuring 42 bridges and long vistas of open water, the highway is Florida’s only All-American Road, as designated by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways program.
Participating bikers received poker sheets when they registered to ride, and drew cards at designated stops along the route through the Keys.
Entrants who draw the 10 best poker hands are eligible to play in a winner-take-all round of Texas Hold ‘Em late Saturday night, competing for a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle or $6,000 in cash.
A section of lower Duval Street, Key West’s famed main drag, is closed to car traffic so bikers can park on the street to display their bikes.
The Poker Run raises money for the Diabetes Research Institute and Key West-based charities. Events conclude Sunday.