When you arrive at the Steel Horse Rally, enjoy some great rides on some of the top motorcycle roads in the country and help local charities. On Friday, see some of the best roads in Arkansas and Oklahoma on the 5th Annual Public Guardians Poker Run which begins at Gus's Bar & Grill at 821 Garrison Ave. Fort Smith, AR. This ride will take you by the historic Heavener Runestone that is still a mystery. Minimum charitable donation of $20 per bike, $5 per hand and $5 for extra cards. There will be prizes for best (and worst) hands! (See details below).
Then on Saturday, May 4th, the Annual Law Enforcement Fun Run takes you on the Thunder Loop which features some of the best roads in Arkansas including Scenic Hwy 23 (The Pig Trail) that has been named one of the top motorcycle roads in the country. Plus, Scenic Hwy 215 is one of Arkansas' hidden gems as it winds through curves by the Mulberry River and takes you to Oark, home of the oldest General Store still in operation in Arkansas. Registration begins Sat., May 4th at 9 a.m. at JJ's Grill at 5400 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. $15 minimum charitable donation per rider. (See details below)
Scenic Ride through Arkansas & Oklahoma
The Heavener Runestone
The Public Guardians is a non-profit group of Police, Fire, EMS, Veterans, Military and Medical professionals that raise donations for several public charities.
One of the poker run stops is at the Heavener Runestone Park. Heavener Runestone Park is a 55-acre park located near Heavener, OK. The park is operated by a non-profit organization and the Viking Festival is held at the park on two weekends a year serves as a fundraiser for operating and maintaining the park.
Opened in 1970, the park was established around the Heavener Runestone found in 1923, and most likely inscribed in the 19th century, perhaps by a Swedish immigrant. The stone is located on Poteau Mountain and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in southeastern Oklahoma. It is also, perhaps, one of the most controversial. The controversy centers on when the runes were carved into the piece of Savanna sandstone as well as on their translation. For more details about the runestone and the park, click here.
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The Annual Law Enforcement Fun Run
Saturday, May 4th Registration begins at 9 a.m. at JJ's Restaurant at 5400 Phoenix Ave., just minutes from downtown Fort Smith. Kickstand up at 10 a.m.
An official Event of the Steel Horse Rally, the Annual Law Enforcement Fun Run raises money for the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #39. Registration and pancake breakfast for riders at JJ's located at 5400 Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith. There is a minimum $15 charitable donation for riders with proceeds going to the Steel Horse Rally Inc. charity and the FOP Lodge #39. (Cost for breakfast is separate).
On Saturday, May 4th, 2024 at 10 a.m. one of the most popular additions to the Steel Horse Rally returns: The Cops & Cones Motorcycle Exhibition. The event takes place in the middle of Garrison Avenue (between the intersection with Towson Ave. west to 11th St.) as law enforcement officers on their motorcycles take on the challenging course. The Steel Horse Rally welcomed officers from Fort Smith, Van Buren, Little Rock, Fayetteville, Bella Vista, Benton County, and Saline County who showcased their riding skills in the 2023 Cops & Cones Motorcycle Exhibition.
This fun, family-friendly event always draws a huge crowd as law enforcement officers are timed as they maneuver through dozens of cones. Thanks to incredible sponsors, the event is free to the public. A special thanks to the Fort Smith Police Department for making this event possible.