In 1972, Sandy Corley opened a spoiling goods and lawn/garden equipment business in Fremont, Michigan. In 1976, it became a Harley-Davidson dealer, and was named Sandy's Harley-Davidson Sport Center.
In 1989 Sandy, lost his battle with cancer. Shortly after his passing, and in his memory, Barb VanBogelen gathered a group of 56 bikers to ride 75 miles in the cold rain and sleet to begin what is known as the Sandy Corley Memorial Run_ This non-profit event has become a tribute lasting over 25 years, attended by thousands of bikers and non-bikers alike!
Sandy's core business principals, quality work, superior customer service and a family-friendly atmosphere earned him his reputation, and those principals are carried on by his family today. His family proudly continues to operate the business today, with Marilyn "Ma" Corley the ever-proud matriarch, leading the pack.
The Sandy Corley Memorial Run got its humble beginning at the Muskegon Motorcycle Club grounds in Bridgeton. When we quickly outgrew the grounds at Bridgeton, the MMC graciously offered the AMA sanctioned National Hill Climb grounds at Mount Garfield.
In 1995, we moved again to grounds more designed for an entertainment venue, Val-Du-Lakes. We started in the pavilion area outside of the Rhino Pit Bar with Molly Hatchet and John Kay & Steppenwolf soon utilized Val-Die's large main stage, and featured bigger events with bigger-named bands such as .38 Special, Great White, Marshall Tucker Band, and Joe Walsh, to name a few.
2004 and 2005 found us back at the rustic MMC Bridgeton grounds, following the closing of Val-Du-Lakes. 2006 provided us the opportunity to partner with the Double JJ Ranch. Everyone enjoyed the new camping area, as well as the hotel facility nearby, a larger bike show area, and the close proximity to US 31 and the Lake Michigan shoreline and we haven't looked back. The Double JJ continues to be our 'home'.
This year marks the 26th Annual Sandy Corley Memorial Run, to be held June 12, 13, & 14 at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan.
The progression of the Run has been eventful and steady. We went from a small hometown run to one known across the country, with close to 10,000 in attendance for the three day event.
From the Benefit Bash in April to the Check Presentation Ride in August, our volunteers work to make the Sandy Corley Memorial Run one of the premier charitable motorcycle events in the Midwest.
Our dedicated, all volunteer Cancer Run Board is comprised of the "Fremont HOG members and Friends". This hardworking group takes on all aspects of coordinating a weekend-long event full of concerts, scenic rides, field games, the World Famous HOG Auction, and the list goes on.
Along with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of participants that also believe in our cause, we ensure that when we are all done, we will have made a difference in the lives of many on the Lakeshore who are fighting cancer.
The Sandy Corley Memorial Run continues to grow bigger each year. As of August 2013, our Cumulative donation total has reached 583,024.83!
Every household has been touched by cancer in some way. It is our goal to help patients in their fight against this disease by providing assistance, education, and cutting edge treatment at the Johnson Family Cancer Center at Mercy Health in Muskegon.
Together, we WILL make a difference!
Get on your hog and ride!
This years entertainment features performances by the following bands: