The first Eagle Run was held in 2007 to raise funds for the family of Ray “Eagle” Ramirez. The funds collected covered the cost of chartering a boat for Ray’s family to spread his ashes out to sea – a place Ray loved to be.
The intention from the beginning was not only to help provide funds for this family, but to make it into an annual event to benefit other families of deceased bikers with their wishes in their loved ones memory.
Ray “Eagle” Ramirez was a member and Vice President of the Black Sheep Inland Empire Chapter. He was struck on his motorcycle and died on December 2, 2006 in front of the Starbuck’s located on Washington Avenue in Colton, California. Kim McGuire, an employee of that Starbucks, witnessed the accident and ran to Ray’s side. She held his hand and talked to him while he slipped into the arms of Jesus. Ray, a Marine veteran who served in the Vietnam era.
The Eagle Run continues on each year by a committee of people and many volunteers from Blacksheep HDFC Inland Empire and Roadhouse Biker Church with a desire to help and love others going through their loss.