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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

MCASCP motorcyclists attend Fun Day on the Runway

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | May 24, 2012

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A Marine from 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 takes a tight turn on the Motorcycle Track Day portion of Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18.

A Marine from 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 takes a tight turn on the Motorcycle Track Day portion of Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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A freestyle demo rider exibits his skills and flexiblity, mid-air at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. Fun Day on the Runway was coordinated to promote safety in 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 and MCASCP Marines.

A freestyle demo rider exibits his skills and flexiblity, mid-air at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. Fun Day on the Runway was coordinated to promote safety in 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 and MCASCP Marines. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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An instructor explains the role of the right hand while riding a motorcycle at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. Fun Day on the Runway was coordinated for the Marines of 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Ground 39 and MCASCP.

An instructor explains the role of the right hand while riding a motorcycle at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. Fun Day on the Runway was coordinated for the Marines of 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Ground 39 and MCASCP. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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Col. Mike Lawrence, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, speaks with a Marine about her unique, custom motorcycle during Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18.

Col. Mike Lawrence, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, speaks with a Marine about her unique, custom motorcycle during Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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One of the freestyle demo riders performs a mid-air back flip with flair while performing at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18.

One of the freestyle demo riders performs a mid-air back flip with flair while performing at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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Marines from 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 and Marine Corps Air Station listen to an instructor give a class on down shifting at Semper Ride's Fun Day at the Runway on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18.

Marines from 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 and Marine Corps Air Station listen to an instructor give a class on down shifting at Semper Ride's Fun Day at the Runway on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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Marines from 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 and Marine Corps Air Station watch as one of the freestyle demo riders pumps up the crowd at Semper Ride's Fun Day at the Runway on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18.

Marines from 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group 39 and Marine Corps Air Station watch as one of the freestyle demo riders pumps up the crowd at Semper Ride's Fun Day at the Runway on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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A freestyle demo rider displays his skills as he flys through the air at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. Fun Day on the Runway was coordinated to promote safety in 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group and MCASCP Marines.

A freestyle demo rider displays his skills as he flys through the air at Semper Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, May 18. Fun Day on the Runway was coordinated to promote safety in 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group and MCASCP Marines. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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Marines of 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group and Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton visit booths and participate in the activities at Semp Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at MCASCP, May 18.

Marines of 1st Marine Division, Marine Air Group and Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton visit booths and participate in the activities at Semp Ride's Fun Day on the Runway at MCASCP, May 18. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --  Marines with the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton and Marine Aircraft Group-39 attended Semper Ride’s Fun Day on the Runway at MCASCP, May 18.

The purpose for the day-long event was to raise awareness of motorcycle safety, as well as provide multiple levels of motorcycle training, said Jeff Tilton, project manager for Semper Ride.

American Supercamp, a motorcycle technique school, offered a beginner’s course in order to give Marines who are interested in purchasing an opportunity to ride before investing the money.

Motocross and street bike freestyle performers put on demos, signed autographs and offered advice to fellow riders.

Several clinics focusing on corning entry, line selection, body position and corner exiting were available in order to improve the motorcyclists’ skills in a controlled environment by learning the limits of the motorcycles and themselves.

“There [were] some crashes but everyone has gotten up and dusted themselves off, because there are no curbs or no other vehicles to hit if you crash,” said Tilton.

The motorcycle culture has changed with more people aware of the hazards and the training available to learn the proper procedures for handling the mishaps on the road.

“Now it’s cool to take motorcycle training,” Tilton said. “There’s basic classes that are not the most fun in the world, but there’s also advanced training.”

Semper Ride coordinated a similar training event last year.

“Last year was executed very well, but we just didn’t have as many Marines as we did this year,” said Tilton. “I think this will be the template for our big, on-base events.”

Two time first place winner of the X-Games and spokesman for the Semper Ride movie, Ronnie Renner attended the event to support the Marines as well as enjoy the camaraderie of a day with fellow riders.

“It’s unreal how much the program expanded,” Renner said. “The [Marines], they must be having the times of their lives getting to crack the throttle open in a safe environment.”

With 280 training seats, thousands of Marines were in attendance, with more than 800 motorcycles on the flight line.

“We really want to thank Col. Lawrence, [commanding officer of MCASCP], for allowing us to come out here and do this since it takes a lot of work to shut down an entire flight line for a day and a half,” said Tilton.

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