7,000-mile motocycle race for $500k prize

By: AP
By: AP

KEY WEST -- Some 500 motorcycle riders have roared up the Florida Keys Overseas Highway to begin an epic race across North America to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

The first rider who set off Sunday to complete the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge's roughly 7,000-mile route from Key West to Homer, Alaska, is to win $500,000 in Alaskan gold.

The scheduled completion date of the journey through 62 mountain ranges, 25 national forests, eight deserts, 33 Indian reservations and two countries is July 4. The event's name is derived from a Lakota Sioux expression shouted by warriors as they went into battle.


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