07-02-2003

03NR21 - One of the MRF's Best BEST!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carol Downs, MRF Director of Events and Conferences
E-Mail: downs@mrf.org
July 2, 2003

#03NR21 - One of the MRF's Best BEST!

What a wonderful time and a valuable experience for everyone at the Motorcycle Riders Foundation's BEST of the West conference in Denver, Colorado the weekend of June 20-22 - thanks in large part to our hosts, ABATE of Colorado! Mother Nature treated those who rode in from other areas of the country to a few bike washes, but those of us from Colorado welcomed the rain.

The MRF is proud to announce that a record-setting 167 people from 17 states participated in the BEST of the West conference this year, including representatives from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. There were many first-time attendees, and all of the participants were excited about the information they gathered, workshops they attended, and new contacts and friends they made. As the group was rolling out on Sunday morning, the goodbyes definitely took longer than Friday's hellos.

Education was the theme of BEST this year, beginning with a presentation Friday night on "The Four Main Hazards at Intersections" by Jon "Pappy" Papineau, Safety Director for a Colorado HOG Chapter. Saturday morning opened with a legislative update from Tom Wyld, MRF Vice President of Government Relations, followed by a panel discussion on rider education that boasted many rider-training experts with diverse backgrounds.

After a break for lunch we reconvened for several breakout sessions, followed by Slider Gilmore's presentation of his "Two-Wheeled Trauma" seminar. Slider's presentation is always a valuable reminder that we need to do all we can to educate not only new riders, but experienced riders as well. Colorado State Representative Lois Tochtrop was the guest speaker at the banquet Saturday evening, and gave an inspired, entertaining speech that was well received by all.

BEST was an awesome experience, and what I believe is just a prelude to this year's Meeting of the Minds, which will be held September 18-21 (note the dates, it is the THIRD weekend of September this year) at the Regency Suites Hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Pre-registration must be received no later than August 18, so REGISTER TODAY if you have not already done so! Hotel reservations must also be made by August 18 to get the MRF group rate. Complete conference information, including registration, can be found on our website at www.mrf.org.

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