Motorcycle riders returning for Swamp Roar ride

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 24, 2005

Staff report

In an effort to preserve the wildlife in the Great Dismal Swamp and the wild side of motorcycle enthusiasts, the Fourth Annual Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally will hit the open road on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Swamp Roar has raised thousands of dollars the last several years for education and signage programs, as well as habitat restoration for the Great Dismal, one of North America’s few remaining wildernesses.

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The 80-mile, police-escorted ride around the perimeter of the swamp departs from the Suffolk Executive Airport at 10:30 a.m., with staging of bikes beginning at 9 a.m. The participation fee is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger and includes a complimentary event t-shirt, reception and breakfast by Chick-fil-A.

Registration forms may be obtained by calling the Suffolk Visitor Center at (757) 923-3880 or by logging onto

The Fourth Annual Suffolk Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally is sponsored by Peace Frogs(r), Bayside Harley-Davidson(r), Chick-fil-A(r) and Suffolk Peanut Fest. Produced by the Suffolk Division of Tourism, Swamp Roar was created to increase awareness of the Great Dismal’s fragile eco-system and to enhance nature-based tourism and interpretive programs.

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