Have you ever seen both men and women bikers riding down the road wearing vintage corsets, crazy wigs and other garments most sane individuals wouldn’t dare be caught wearing in public? During the Inland Empire Corset Run, bikers do just that and for a good cause too.
The Inland Empire Corset Run is an annual motorcycle event that started in 2010 when Jackson Dodd of Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson in Riverside, CA, asked Terri King to create a way to bring female riders together in honor of Women Riders Month, a time of year Harley Davidson has dedicated to women who ride motorcycles. Terri, who has worked in the motorcycle industry for as long as she can remember and is a motorcyclist herself, is an Ovarian cancer survivor and she says the event has come a long way since 2010. “I only had three weeks to plan it when it started,” Terri says, who began planning the Corset Run while
still helping to organize the West Coast Thunder event. Despite the time crunch, the first Corset Run was a hit….literally. “We caused a couple of accidents with people doing double takes and I thought ‘oh no, this is not a good way to start!”
The motorcycle ride begins at Skip Fordyce and ends at Big League Dreams in Perris, CA. While on the ride, the bikers stop at beauty salons, boutiques and accessory stores to celebrate womanhood while sporting their burlesque corsets. At each stop, every rider has the option to roll the dice at Yahtzee for a chance to win a $150 gift certificate good toward Harley Davidson parts and accessories.
After the ride, 1,000+ riders converge on the vendor area where there’s a huge BBQ, an all female rock band playing songs specifically written for the event, a dunk tank, a corset contest and a dedication ceremony for the survivors in attendance. “The set up is different than most other charity events,” says Candace, a representative from the Thirty-One Gifts vendor booth. “It really intrigued me a lot.”
But during the past three years, Terri has worked out the kinks. Attendance has quadrupled since 2010 and with 50+ vendors on site, Terri has created a board to help her organize everything. “It’s such a wonderful event that has so many people interested,” she says. “What better way to celebrate women and independence than to donate money to a good cause like breast cancer.”
With that revelation, Terri and the board joined ranks with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to use the corset run as a means to raise breast cancer awareness. All proceeds earned during the event are donated to the foundation. The response has been so amazing, Terri and the board are in the process of creating their own foundation just for the Corset Run.
Anyone who attends this event is bound to see or experience something they won’t forget and if you’re into busty garments, the wind in your hair and donating money to a worthy cause, you can find out more about the Corset Run at inlandempirecorsetrun.com.