Motorcyclists take note: Poker Run helps hungry

Third annual event benefits Placer Food Bank
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Three years ago, Granite Bay resident and motorcycle enthusiast Jake Coplen was in high school.

He's since graduated, started college and moved on, except for one thing: the annual Poker Run he organizes to benefit the Placer Food Bank.

The third annual event takes place June 30 and begins at Roseville Yamaha, the business owned by his dad.

"This ride started two years ago when I (was) looking for a way to give back to my community," Coplen, 18, said in a press release. "After thinking about it, I decided there must be some way to combine my love of riding with a local cause, and the Poker Run was created. I have continued to organize the annual event to benefit the Placer Food Bank because the economy continues to impact so many families in our community."

Last year's event raised $3,000 for the nonprofit organization that provides food to 55 local charitable organizations and agencies in Placer, Nevada and El Dorado counties.

The event is open to interested riders of all levels, and all makes and models of motorcycles. The 71-mile route weaves through the foothills before returning to the Roseville dealership for a barbecue and live music.

Along the way, participants pull off at five stops to collect their poker hand. The person with the best hand wins a prize.

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Roseville Yamaha's Poker Run

What: Fundraiser to benefit Placer Food Bank

When: Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and ride at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30

Where: Roseville Yamaha, 2014 Taylor Road

Cost: $30 single rider, $40 for two riders. Includes breakfast, post-ride barbecue.

Info: To register, visit or submit form day of run