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August 7, 2010 - Marines on Harleys Take the High Ground at Cannon Mountain

Marines on Harleys Take the High Ground at Cannon Mountain
Announcing Toys For Tots Poker Run, September 11, 2010

FRANCONIA, N.H. - Just when you thought you'd seen everything, five Harley-Davidson motorcycles, former Marines and members of the Leathernecks Live Free or Die motorcycle club, along with bikers from Granite State Harley-Davidson, got an exclusive ride to the summit of Cannon Mountain on the Aerial Tramway on Saturday, August 7. The purpose of the trip was for a unique photo opportunity while announcing the Twin State Det. U.S.M.L - Second Annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Poker Run to begin and end in Franconia Notch State Park on September 11, 2010.

The Tram accommodated all 5 motorcycles and passengers to the top of the mountain where the bikes rode out to the observation platform and were lined up for pictures. "Cannon Mountain is excited to be a partner and host for this worthy event. To my knowledge, there have never been Harley-Davidsons on the summit of Cannon, so we thought it was a great way to announce the event and put a unique twist on it", state John DeVivo, Cannon's general manager.

Carleen Quinn, the event's organizer stated, "We approached Cannon with the idea a few months ago and they were immediately receptive. Franconia Notch State Park and Cannon Mountain will be an amazing venue for this second year event, and we hope it's a great success."

The date of the event is Saturday, September 11, 2010 and will begin at the Park's Flume Gorge parking lot, exit 34A from I-93. The Toys for Tots Poker Run will conclude at Cannon Mountain where riders will park at the base and ride the tram for a barbeque at the summit. Registration at the Flume Gorge is 9:30am to 10:15am. Kick stands go up and bikers depart at 10:30 sharp. Pre-registration will be offered at a cost of $30.00 per bike and $20.00 per passenger with day-of registration available for $35.00 for bikes and $25.00 for passengers. The price includes event participation, a barbeque at the top of Cannon and a Discovery Pass, valid for a trip through the Flume Gorge and round-trip on Cannon's Aerial Tramway.

Early registration and more information can be found at

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.

CANNON MOUNTAIN is located off I-93 in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. The Cannon Mountain Tramway (for advanced skiers/snowboarders) and New England Ski Museum are located at Exit 34B, while the Peabody Base Lodge and Tuckerbrook Family Area are located at Exit 34C. Cannon Mountain has 72 trails, 9 lifts and terrain for all ability levels. Cannon has the longest vertical drop and the highest lift-served terrain in New Hampshire, and boasts the state's only aerial tramway.
For more information, contact Greg Keeler, director of sales & marketing, Cannon Mountain & Franconia Notch State Park, at (603) 823-7722 ext. 758. Online, visit

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