This morning July 23rd, 2010 Jim Durham, organizer of the very controversial Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, announced in the Rapid City Journal that the grand prize of $500,000 will be given at the Broken Spoke Saloon at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Sturgis.
Your remember that Frank Kelly from South Carolina and William Barclay from Highland Beach, Florida, rode together under the finish banner of the Hoka Hey Challenge in Homer, Alaska. The 2 riders didn’t know each other until they met at the last checkpoint. To avoid a risk of accident while racing each other (and risking a disqualifying speeding ticket) they decided that they would ride together at legal speed and cross the finish line at the same time. Jim Durham states that the possible winner is William Barclay pending the passing of a polygraph test to prevent cheating. No word about Frank Kelly and why he could not be the possible winner and why he doesn’t have to pass a polygraph test. The Broken Spoke Saloon and Broken Spoke Campground spokespersons want my readers to know that they have no affiliation with the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and that they are merely giving them a stage to announce the winner of the Challenge.
As I stated before, if the $500,000 prize is given away, it will appease many who will consider that it was only a very poorly managed and organized motorcycle event. But others are continuing to state that the Challenge was illegal both in the USA and Canada, was unorganized with rules changed at the start, as the ride was progressing and also after arrival. Although many participants are satisfied with their cross country ride experience from Key West to Alaska, others including riders who finished the ride in Homer, family members and the relatives of those killed or injured during the event seem still contemplating individual legal actions or a class action lawsuit.
John White claims that he has nothing to do with the 2010 Challenge, that he just tries to recruit participants for Hoka Hey 2011. But he is noted by many as the one trying now to help Jim Durham by focusing the public attention on the Pine Ridge Reservation water problems as the Charity for this year’s event, these issues never originally clearly mentioned in the list of Charities to benefit from the 2010 Challenge. At the same time, the organizers of Hoka Hey 2010 are silent about how money raised will benefit the charities originally listed on the Hoka Hey Website. (revised at 5.55 pm EST)