Arizona First Responder and Military Memorial Motorcycle Rides
No matter the weather we ride in various locations throughout Arizona to honor Arizona’s fallen First Responders. During September we ride in Northern Arizona; October in Southern Arizona and November in Central Arizona. Our November ride, we also honor our Military Veterans. We conclude each ride with a barbecue in each region.
Once you sign up and pay the low registration fees for one ride you can ride in all three rides and enjoy all three barbecues.
PLEASE NOTE: STARTING LOCATIONS, STARTING TIMES, RUN ROUTES, and BARBECUE LOCATION(S) MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
If changes occur, we will provide the changes on our social media pages, this website and via email.
Our Annual First Responder Memorial Motorcycle Runs consists of motorcycle rides throughout Arizona on the third Saturday of September in Northern Arizona, the third Saturday of October in Southern Arizona, and the first Saturday of November in Central Arizona. We conclude each run with a memorial ceremony at the barbecues for those First Responders who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of Arizona and our country.
Our 2024 runs will occur on September 14th in Northern Arizona; October 5th in Southern Arizona and on November 2nd in Central Arizona.
Our definition of a First Responder is somewhat different than most. We define a First Responder as all local, county, state and federal law enforcement to include corrections and probation officers; firefighters, either governmental or private emergency medical personnel, and military personnel.
We realize there is an Arizona and National Memorial for fallen First Responders; however, our goals are quite different. We strive to build on the camaraderie between agencies, pay it forward by raising money for charities who support First Responders, the families of First Responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, and to never allow our fallen or their survivors be forgotten.
The main charity organization we support is the 100 Club of Arizona.
We encourage all agencies, either governmental or privately owned companies who have had a line of duty death to develop their own routes, hold their own memorial ceremonies on the day of our runs, then meet us at a designated meeting locations, join in our runs and enjoy the barbecues we host. All we ask is that you register with us and support our chosen charity.
PLEASE NOTE: The Arizona Fallen Hero Memorial Riders reserves the right to refuse entry to any of our events to anyone at our discretion and without details or reason.
NORTHERN ARIZONA RUN
September 14, 2024
Kingman Run –
This year for the AZFHMR Kingman route we will be taking Historic Route 66. Starting at Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and then paying our respects at Kingman Firefighter’s Memorial Park. We will take Route 66 out of Kingman through the iconic Peach Springs, Seligman, Williams, and the Northern hidden gem of Valle. Rides will head south on US-180 through the cool tall pines to meet up with the rest of the rides in Flagstaff.
Will take riders through Springerville, Concho, Holbrook, near Meteor Crater to Flagstaff. The entire route is approximately 240 miles and a total of approximately four and one-half hours of travel time with relief breaks and refueling stops.
This is our most popular ride in Northern Arizona. The ride takes riders through Jerome, Cottonwood, Cornville, Village of Oak Creek, Sedona to Flagstaff. The alternate route is approximately 125 miles and four hours of travel time with relief breaks and refueling stops.
We added a stop in Flagstaff to honor Flagstaff Police Department Officer Tyler Stewart.
Once all riders have arrived at our designated location, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, 1061 South Plaza Way in Flagstaff, we will have a parade of bikes to GOAZ Motorcycles, 1400 E. Butler Avenue for the barbecue.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA RUN
October 5, 2024
Cochise County Run –
Riders will start in Sierra Vista and will visit Naco, and Douglas. They will travel north on US 191, to Dragoon then to the “Thing” for a relief/refueling stop and meet riders from the Nogales route. Both groups will stop at Texas Canyon for a memorial ceremony. Afterwards, the groups will ride together to Tucson.
Tucson Metro Run –
Will keep riders in the Tucson/Marana area. The entire route is approximately 61 miles and three and one-half hours travel time with stops.
Tucson/Nogales/Texas Canyon Run –
Will take riders through Sahuarita, Green Valley, Nogales, Patagonia, Sonoita, Whetstone, Benson, Texas Canyon and back to Marana. The entire route is approximately 232 miles and a total of five hours with relief breaks and refueling stops.
Yuma Run –
Will take riders through Dateland, Gila Bend, Ajo, Why, Sells, Three Points, Picture Rocks, Saguaro National Park to Marana. The entire route is approximately 300 miles and approximately five and one-half to six hours travel time with relief breaks and refueling stops.
Once all riders arrive in Marana, we will meet at the Harkins Theater parking lot, 5755 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive. Riders will depart the Harkins Theater and travel to Harley-Davidson of Tucson, 7355 N. 10 East Frontage Road for the barbecue. Approximately 2 miles and 8 minutes travel time.
CENTRAL ARIZONA RUN –
November 2, 2023
Eastern Maricopa Route (Formally State Route 87/Beeline Highway Run)
Will take riders to near Sunflower and back to Mesa. The entire route is approximately 106 miles and will take approximately two hours travel time. This year we will be adding stops at Salt River Fire Department and Scottsdale Police Department.
Once all riders arrive in Mesa, we will meet at the Mesa Community College parking lot, 51833 W. Southern Avenue, the riders will depart Mesa Community College and travel to Desert Wind Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Drive for the barbecue.
Pinal County Run (NEW ROUTE)
Details for this route is pending.
Prescott/Yarnell/Anthem Run –
This approximate 180 mile route will take riders through Prescott, Skull Valley, Yarnell, Congress, Wickenburg, New River, Anthem to Mesa. This year we will be adding a stop at the Yavapai County First Responder Monument in Prescott prior to leaving Prescott.
This year, Yarnell ride has a large number of registered riders and appears to be turning into our most popular Central Arizona ride.
Western Maricopa Run
Details for this route is pending
Run Specific Information
Once you are registered, approximately one week prior to the run(s) you are registered for, we will provided you with specific information, such as rider check-in dates and times, rider check-in locations, run starting times, run routes/designated meeting locations, and the barbecue(s) location.
In various locations, we have host hotels who provide us with reduced rates for our riders. In an email, we will provide you with the names and locations of our host hotels, their room rates and any code you may need to receive our preferred room rates. Please visit our Host Hotel page to make reservations.
We normally have a large number of motorcycles and non-motorcycle type vehicles involved with our rides. Due to this, we utilize the Motorcycle Safety Foundation ride formation guide during our runs. If you are planning to ride in one or all three of our runs, please download the guide and become familiar it.
RUN REGISTRATION FEES:
Registration – Any registration received AFTER AUGUST 1ST OR on day of the event(s): We cannot guarantee tee shirts will be available for registrations received after August 1, 2023 or on the day of the event(s). PLEASE REGISTER EARLY
$45 for single rider (includes Tee Shirt & BBQ)
$65 for rider & passenger (includes Tee Shirts & BBQ)
To register for the runs, please visit our Ride Registration page.
For those riders registering on the day(s) of the event(s) there will be a $10 increase in the registration fees.
$55 for single rider (while supplies of Tee Shirt last) & BBQ
$75 for rider and passenger (while supplies of Tee Shirt last) & BBQ