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The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is calling their first "Ride for the Red" event a success.
More than 40 bikers from across the area showed up this afternoon to travel for four hours through parts of Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan counties. Randy Ritchason of Nashport says he enjoys riding for one reason.
"Just the freedom...the freedom to ride. You enjoy the scenery. You don't just jump in your car and just go for a ride. You jump on the bike and you just kind of cruise, relax, and enjoy the day, " says Ritchason.
The bikers were also helping fill a gap in the Red Cross' Disaster Relief Fund.
"Everything that we get in means so much. Every dollar that comes through the door is a dollar more than what we had before. It all goes to help the families, " says Marlene Henderson of the Red Cross.
The Disaster Relief Fund remains in the red.
Henderson says the staff was so thrilled with this afternoon's turnout that it has already set the date for the event next year, July 16th.