By Ruth Ann Replogle Lifestyles Editor



Folks will be seeing a lot of chrome this weekend.

More than 700 bikers are expected to cruise through Enid and surrounding communities Saturday during the third annual Running of the Rats, a poker run to raise funds for the Kyle "RatBoy" Traynor Memorial Schol-arship.

The scholarship was established by Kyle's family and friends after he was killed in a car wreck seven years ago this summer. The sophomore at Oklahoma State University was a graduate of Chisholm High School. Each year, one student from Chisholm is awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend OSU his or her freshman year.

Jeff Traynor, Kyle's older brother, said they raised $2,500 for the scholarship and gave $2,150 in prize money in 2004. He hopes to set aside enough money to endow a scholarship at OSU someday and allow for more than one scholarship to be given each year.

Running of the Rats begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Frisco Bar, 608 N. Independence. Last bike out probably will be around 1 p.m., Traynor said. There will be a small fly-by of two RV-8 aircraft by George Traynor, Kyle and Jeff's father, and his friend, Don Whaylen, at about 10:30 a.m.

Bikers will tool around north central Oklahoma as they follow a map of the poker run's route.

"We'll do a different route every year," Traynor said. "In years past, riders have mentioned their desire for a little longer route. Last year, we rode approximately 110 miles, this year will be about 160. Not that far a ride considering there are six stops, lots of scenery, nice roads and basically a full day to complete the trip."

Businesses from Enid, Perry, Mulhall, Guthrie and Kingfisher have been slated as stopping points at which participants will draw a card and record a hand.

At the end of the poker run at Garfield County Fairgrounds, all hands will be tallied and winners chosen based on basic poker rules, Traynor said. After expenses, he said, half of the proceeds go directly to the scholarship fund. The remainder is awarded as prize money, with 70 percent to the best hand and 30 percent to the worst hand.

Bike games, hosted by Shovelhead Owners Society, are tentatively scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds followed by a rock concert. Opening the concert at 9 p.m. are No Jake Brakes from Oklahoma City and Scott Copeland of Fort Worth, Texas. Returning for the third time to close out Running of the Rats is The Mike McClure Band. Tickets to the concert are $8 for non-riders.

No Jake Brakes also will perform Friday night in a pre-run party at Crappy's Warehouse, 302 E. Maple.

"We decided to stage a pre-run party at Crappy's to allow those folks who have pre-registered to pick up their commemorative shirts, the run maps and concert admission early. Hopefully, this will lessen the crowd and confusion at The Frisco Saturday morning," Traynor said. Cost is $3 at the door for non-registrants.

For those who've not pre-registered for Running of the Rats, they can sign up for $10 on Saturday morning on the back porch at The Frisco Bar. Poker run shirts, if still available, will be $20 each. For more information or to pre-register online, visit www.ironlivergoons.com.



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