After we arrive in Washington, D.C. and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall), we offer a fourth Route, the "Sandbox Route", that goes "Wall to Wall" from DC to the Middle East Conflicts wall in Marseilles, IL
Register for 2022
May 18-28, 2022 - CA to DC
May 29 - May 31, 2022 - Sandbox
Run for The Wall® is an annual motorcycle ride from California to Washington DC.
Well, we made it into 2022. Most of us are intact, some are not so fortunate. It seems like almost every day I am adding another RFTW Rider or Family member to my prayer list. Many of our Brothers and Sisters are on the mend, so hopefully they will be in top shape by May. Speaking of May, it will be here before we know it. Everyone is working overtime to prepare for RFTW XXXII 2022. Route details are being planned.
Our Wonderful Supporters are making preparations for our arrivals. I am asked frequently, “How many Riders are you bringing?” At this point that is a very hard question to answer. So, I am asking you, Please, if you have not already registered, Do It Today. It will surely help the planning effort.
Team Leaders are busy building their teams. Some teams are in need of a little help to fill out their rosters. Please take a look at our Southern Route Contacts page. If you see an open position that interests you, check out the Southern Route Volunteers page to see the requirements. If you would like to volunteer or get more information, fill out and submit the Volunteer Form. Even if the rosters are full, Team Leaders are always adding Riders to their standby list.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive…………Stay tuned for further notices.
I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas. New Year’s Eve is just a few days away and that means we are more than half way to May! As promised, below is detailed info about next week’s All Hands Virtual Briefing…
One week from tonight at 7pm Central Time, we’ll hold the next SandBox Route Virtual Quarterly Briefing on Zoom. Your Leadership Team’s theme for this year has been Plan – Prepare – Perform. The beginning is always an idea – in this case, an idea to build on the successes of our beloved Mission by expanding Run For The Wall specifically toward the next generation of veterans and their families. The Plan embodies the idea, our Preparation brings it to physical form and then we Perform the action of bringing it to life. I am very happy to report that the Plan has come together nicely and we are beginning our transition to Preparation.
Now for the Zoom Meeting Details…
The next all-hands SandBox Route Virtual Quarterly Briefing will be on Tuesday, 04JAN2022 at 7:00pm Central Time. This will be a your next chance to learn about the latest developments, hear from several of your route leadership on their ongoing efforts, and have your questions/concerns answered live and virtually in person. Following is the link info…
I have received quite a few requests for SandBox StandBy in the last week – thank you! Please be patient as I work to ensure everyone is properly listed and is sent out the registration instructions. I intend to contact everyone on the list by tomorrow so that you can complete your registration before the Hotel List is published this weekend.
If you are not on the StandBy List and want to be, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know. In that message, please tell me two things – 1) Your full name, and 2) whether you are registering as a motorcycle rider, motorcycle passenger, or if you will be in a 4-wheeler. That’s all that’s needed to get you listed – all the rest will come when you actually register.
That’s All For Now. I’m looking forward to seeing all y’all on the call one week from tonight!
Y’all stay safe, stay well and get ready – May is just around the corner…
Remember, all roads lead to all roads so wherever you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!
I hope everyone had an opportunity to spend time with Family over Christmas. And that Santa brought you great presents.
The Hotel List will be posted on the Southern Route Hub on January 1, 2022. Our State Coordinators do their very best to secure a variety of best available rates. We do not have contracts with every hotel on the list. Those whose rate is shown in italics are non-contract with currently available the online rate. Just click on the hotel name and it should take you directly to that hotel’s reservation site.
If you are not a member of some hotel chain rewards programs, you should consider joining. It costs nothing, and you could benefit from earning or using associated points. Examples are Choice, Wyndham, Marriot, Hilton Honors, Radisson, IHG (Holiday Inn), Best Western and others.
Also keep in mind that you may have to use the supplied link or call the hotel directly to get the Run For The Wall rate. All that information will be on the Hotel List. If you call the hotels directly on the morning of January 1st, keep in mind that the person on the phone may be busy or may not be aware of the special rate. That is no excuse to be rude. Call another place or call back later. It takes years to cultivate positive relationships with these hotels, one bad experience can ruin it all. You may notice that some of the usual places are not listed, it is likely that their rates are well above what others offer in the same locale. Doubling up to share expenses is an option to cut costs.
With a New Year brings New Hope. Please register if you have not already. I would sure help our planning efforts to know how many of you will be with us in 2022.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive & Happy New Year
Hello Central Route Riders.
Greetings from Rainy Southern California!
I know most of you think it never rains in Southern California, but I guarantee that it
does! I actually wore my motorcycle gear outside the other day because I had to unplug a
drain in my backyard, and that’s the best rain protection I own! Jan and I are leaving today to spend 3 days in the mountains with the grandkids. I hope all of you have some fun
holiday plans of your own.
Now, down to business! If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible! It
is important that we get our numbers as close to reality as possible, as it affects all our
planning and preparation for the places we will be visiting. State coordinators have ben
working hard to get all of our hotels lined up. It seems they change managers often in
that industry, and coordinators have to reestablish contacts with new players. The hotel
list will be published right after the first of January. When you call, please be courteous
and patient, as hotels will be receiving hundreds of calls from RFTW folks. Remember
each of us represents our RFTW organization, and we do not want to burn any bridges
with our hotel folks.
I am in need of a Camping Coordinator! If you are one of those hearty individuals who
camp along the way, please reach out to myself or Paul Marshall, so that we can get your
name and contact information on our website. At our FNG Zoom meeting this month, we
had a number of questions about camping, and every route is a little different. Please
consider stepping up!
As of right now, the Board of Directors and all four Route Coordinators are committed to
having Run XXXII start in Ontario in May and go all the way to DC. If you hear any rumors
to the contrary, check with a board member or myself or Paul. If it’s not published on the
website, it’s not happening.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing you
in May. Stay Safe. God Bless the United States of America.
Tom “Boomps” Miller
RFTW Central Route Coordinator
On behalf of the SandBox Route Coordination and Planning Teams, I’d like to wish all our Run For The Wall Family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Fulfilling New Year!
As a Patriotic and Veteran oriented group, we are all well aware that many of our countries finest folks aren’t able to be home for Christmas to celebrate with their families. Please join me in an extra minute of prayer and thanksgiving for them and the families who miss them. Write a message, make a phone call, arrange a visit… anything we can do to let those families and the service men and women that they miss understand that their courage and sacrifice is appreciated. I know you understand that it will make a difference.
I’m no huge follower of Maya Angelou’s writings, but I came across a quote attributed to her that is quite fitting for the season…
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Virtual Quarterly Briefing
On 16DEC, Bob Nelson, Southern Route Coordinator, hosted an FNG Town Hall that was widely attended and a huge success. If you weren’t able to attend or have lingering questions from that event, here’s a second chance to discuss them…
The next all-hands SandBox Route Virtual Quarterly Briefing will be on Tuesday, 04JAN2022 at 7:00pm Central Time. There we’ll discuss the latest Route and planning developments, hear from several of your route leadership on their ongoing planning efforts, have an opportunity to discuss issues on your mind and have your questions answered live and virtually in person. I’ll publish the link info this weekend so watch for a followup to this newsletter.
Standby Registration Update
There are still quite a few spots left on the SandBox Route. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time. If you are on a leadership team and haven’t signed up or registered, you should move quickly. Instructions below…
If you are not on the StandBy List and want to be, please write me at email@example.com to let me know. In that message, please tell me two things – 1) Your full name, and 2) whether you are registering as a motorcycle rider, motorcycle passenger, or if you will be in a 4-wheeler. That’s all that’s needed to get you listed – all the rest will come when you actually register. For those already on the StandBy list who are waiting for the actual registration instructions, you should see them in your e-mail this weekend.
That’s All For Now. Y’all stay safe, stay well and get ready – May is just around the corner…
Remember, all roads lead to all roads so wherever you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!
Is it May yet? So much to talk about. First, your leadership teams and state coordinators are hard at work planning our 2022 route. It has been too long since our last Run. We are so excited to get back on the road and support our RFTW mission with our Midway route. I thank our team and supporters for everything they are doing for us. Are you registered yet? Registration is open and you can find all the details on our rftw.us website. I encourage you to register asap. Knowing our numbers helps our supporters with their plans for us.
Our hotel and camping list has been submitted to the BOD for publishing on January 1, 2022. It is important that you make your reservations as soon as you can after the list is published. Rooms book quickly. Let me stress the importance of understanding that everyone is an Ambassador for RFTW when contacting the hotels. The hotels can get overwhelmed with calls from our group and not all people who answer the phone are familiar with our group or the arrangements we have in place. We have cancelled our rooms with them for the last two years in a row. This has been hard on the hotels and much work has been done to maintain our relationships with them. Please be patient and polite when dealing with them, especially if things are not going as smoothly as you would like. Our mission is bigger than us individually, please represent RFTW well. We are all appreciative of your professional representation of RFTW. If you have any hotel issues you cannot resolve, please contact our Hotel Coordinator. Contact information can be found on the rftw.us website under the Midway hub for the Hotel Coordinator.
Speaking of hotels, I am once again holding the hotel raffle. The prize for this raffle is $1000.00, which is approximately the amount it will take to pay for your hotels excluding your stays in Ontario and Arlington. Wouldn’t it be nice to have this expense covered for you! There will be one change to this raffle this year. In the past, the money raised from this would go towards paying for a fuel stop. This year, for 2022, the money raised from this raffle will go to support the children from Milan Elementary and the Falcon Children’s home which host us. Midway has always donated to these two schools even during the last two years that our route was cancelled. I think our route would agree that these children are a great place for us to invest.
You may also electronically send the money through Zelle by using my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send me an email at email@example.com to let me know if you are sending money. Thank you in advance for your support of this great fundraising cause.
This week, I updated the leadership and support positions on the contacts page of the Midway Hub on rftw.us. If you are a team leader, please check it and let me know if you have any changes that need to be made.
Midway is still currently looking for Assistant State Coordinators for New Mexico and Arizona. These are extremely important positions for our mission. If you are interested and would like more information about these positions, please contact me.
Wow! So much information at one time. I will stop here and wish all my RFTW family a very Blessed and Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays and good health to you all, from the Dugas family.
Have I told you lately?…….. I love my RFTW family!
Hopefully it is at least above freezing where you are. First, I want to ask for your Thoughts and Prayers for those affected by the swarm of Tornadoes that descended on several Midwest states this week. If you have friends or relatives in these areas, Please check in on them to be sure they are Okay.
Secondly, I want to dispel any rumor that RFTW 2022 is or will likely be cancelled, FAKE NEWS! The Board of Directors along with ALL 4 Route Coordinators and Assistant Route Coordinators have pledged to make RFTW XXXII 2022 a successful Mission. Our Primary Plan is to do our traditional Route from “LA to DC”. Should that prove unfeasible, alternate starting and ending points are being considered and explored. We cannot control the pandemic politics that may arise, but we can surely work around them as best we can to “Continue The Mission”. We will not give up on the Mission and I ask you to also “Keep The faith”.
If you have been following the ordeal of one of our SR Road Guards, Mike “Ten Bears” Dobson, you’ll know that he is out of the ICU and on his way to rehab. He has put up one hell of a fight. I am sure that he would love some get well wishes from everyone. You can mail them to:
Cornerstone Specialty Hospital, 1900 S Gordon Cooper Dr., Room 212A, Shawnee, OK 74801
Prayers have been answered, Please continue to Pray for ALL who are struggling at this time.
Lastly, from Diane and I, we wish you Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Greetings from beautiful Colorado. I’d like to take the opportunity to wish everybody in our RFTW family joyous holidays, good health, and a blessed New Year.
Many of us on the Board of Directors have received inquiries from anxious riders about the status of Run for the Wall XXXII in 2022. Apparently, rumors are running rampant, so please let me set the record straight.
We are proceeding on the assumption that we will conduct our Run in May as we always have… from Southern California to Washington, D.C. by three routes, and from D.C. to Marseilles, IL via the Sandbox Route. The Route Coordinators of all four routes, along with their respective State Coordinators, are hard at work getting their plans and logistical support in place as usual. As in previous years, we plan to publish the hotel list on January 1st, and registration for RFTW XXXII is up and running now.
The “rumor mill” always seems to take on a life of its own, but factual information is literally at your fingertips. Our website ( rftw.us ) has all the current information. If there are any changes to our planned Run, you will find it there first. Also, your individual Route Coordinators are putting out their newsletters on a frequent basis. I urge you to rely on these sources for your information… it isn’t “official” unless you read it there.
Take care and be well. Is it May yet?
Dave “Papa Smurf” Klemme
President, RFTW Board of Directors “Freedom Isn’t Free”
I just wanted to take this time to wish all my RFTW family a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Denise (High Maintenance) and I are so thankful to have you all in our lives. We realize that it is such a blessing to be a part of this mission. I am so proud of the family culture that we have developed on our Midway route and we love all of you.
Our leadership and support positions should have received emails from me as we try to confirm all of the positions for 2022. Please respond as soon as possible.
A couple of positive updates for you. Due to the great efforts of our State Coordinators, it looks like we will be returning to Mother Roads Harley Davison in Kingman and our overnight stop in Forrest City. Our State Coordinators and your leadership team are working hard behind the scenes. Thank you all very much!
This is a short and sweet newsletter. I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
I have I told you lately?…………………. I love my RFTW family! is it May yet?
Ken “Six String” Dugas Route Coordinator – Midway Route
Happy Thanksgiving to ALL RFTW Riders and Friends.
In a little over a month, we’ll be into 2022. We have less than 180 days before Kick Stands Up. It is never too early to start preparing for the Run. It’s a good time to assess your personal health. It wouldn’t hurt to make an appointment with your doctor for that checkup you’ve been putting off. Be proactive.
In the past few months, I have had Friends, Neighbors and Fellow Riders who are suffering from accidents, cancers, neurological diseases, and complications from Covid. Some are in the battling for their lives, right Now. I have posted several Prayer Requests, which you all have answered, and I am very grateful for that. If God has graced you with good health, that is one more reason to give thanks.
To help you FNGs be better prepared, we have scheduled an RFTW FNG Town Hall on Zoom for December 16 starting at 4:30PM Pacific. All registered FNGs should have received an email invite. If you are interested in attending, drop me an email and I will send you an invitation.
We are still looking for some more volunteers for the Southern Route 2022 Run. Visit Southern Route Volunteers for the Prerequisites and Volunteer Form.
On this Thanksgiving Day I am also thankful for the Hard Work and Dedication from ALL of our Volunteer and Supporter Patriots that work throughout the year to make the Run happen. A HUGE THANK YOU from My Family to Yours.