Motorcycle riders raise funds and awareness during 11th Annual ‘American Legion Legacy Run’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- American Legion motorcycle riders are traveling more than 1,300 miles for their 11th annual Legacy Run.

The group took-off Sunday morning from the organization’s national headquarters in Indianapolis. This year, more than 600 riders total will meet-up along the trip, traveling for five days and through seven states. It's one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.

Together, organizers say they’re raising scholarship funds and awareness for the children of service members who’ve been killed or severely disabled.

“It’s a scholarship that helps students who have lost a parent in the global War on Terrorism or a person who's been disabled," said Dale Barnett, The American Legion's National Commander.

“All money donated goes to the fund. We have no overhead, our membership dues pay the overhead, all these people you see out here today probably took their vacation, they pay their own way, pay their own gas, and we ride for the kids," said Bob Sussan Chairman of The American Legion Riders National Advisory Committee

Last year, organizers say the ride alone raised more than $1.2 million. This year, they hope to top that number with a goal of $1.5 million.

If you’d like to donate or learn more, click here.