Ride For Tomorrow Helps Bring Communities Together
The second annual motorcycle ride for suicide prevention, Ride for Tomorrow is quickly approaching as riders are set to hit the roads on June 24-25.
Growing from last year’s event, RFT will consist of four different routes, including a 1,500-mile “Bun Burner”, 1,000-mile “SaddleSore”, 500-mile “Boot Shuffler” and 300-mile “KickStarter” — helping to ensure riders of all experience can participate in the cause. Last year’s event even created Montana’s first ever in-state 1,000-mile Iron Butt ride recognized by the Iron Butt Association.
This event brings the dialogue of suicide and suicide prevention to the forefront of riders and non-riders alike. The organizers of Ride for Tomorrow, including veteran- centric non-profit organization Dog Tag Buddies, have organized a Mental Health and Family Fun Fair scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the parking lot in front of the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Billings.
The fair will consist of mental health and social organizations dedicated to the betterment of mental health resources both locally and statewide, as well as food trucks and family fun activities including Steepworld’s mobile climbing wall, OX Mobile Axe Throwing, and The Kindness Rocks Project of Billings. Students from Skyview High School, Billings West High School and Billings Central Catholic High School crafted an installation art piece dedicated to bringing awareness of suicide in their community, which will be present at the event.
Ride for Tomorrow was created to spark the conversation of suicide throughout Montana, a state that has traditionally ranked in the top five for suicide rates across all demographics in the past 40 years. The event is scheduled to stop in a total of 22 communities in a two-day span.
If you are interested in riding, volunteering or donating, visit the official Ride for Tomorrow webpage, https://dogtagbuddies.org/ ride-for-tomorrow.