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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Hundreds of riders show for memorial ride down Maryhill Loops Road

 

September 27, 2017

Jaryd Cline

A rider dressed as a shark got extra style points over the weekend.

There was nearly double the normal turnout of skateboarders, lugers, and gravity enthusiasts for Saturday and Sunday's Fall Free-4-All ride at the historic Maryhill Loops Road.

One of the most popular destinations for any type of rider, the Maryhilll Loops is a 2.2 mile road with almost a consistent five percent grade and nearly 20 turns.

Usually drawing around 150-200 people at some of the past Free-4-All rides at the Loops, there were over 300 riders cruising the loops last weekend with some coming from Texas, Colorado, and Canada. There were too many riders that the event coordinators had to bring in an extra U-Haul truck to drive all the riders to the top of the hill.

The event was dubbed the Trey Weston Memorial Ride after Weston, a 27-year-old Seattle resident, lost his life to cancer a month after he was diagnosed. The free rides were a favorite of Weston, who would always donate the $140 entry fee to a rider who couldn't necessarily afford to attend the ride.

"Trey was a very good dude," event coordinator Dean Ozuna said.

Jaryd Cline

A rider takes his dog for a cruise on its skateboard down Maryhill Loops Road during last weekend's Fall Free-4-All ride.

Ozuna remembered seeing Weston riding the Loops during the Spring Free-4-All in late April, but it wasn't quite the same without him, although he will be easily remembered. Nearly 100 of the riders throughout the weekend were "Treyed," or had their entry fee donated from another rider.

Coordinating the Free-4-All rides at the Maryhill Loops for 11 years, Ozuna enjoys seeing most of the same riders year after year.

"It's getting to be more and more of a family thing," he said. "We consider this a part of our skateboarding family."

Some of the riders have children, some get married, and they all get caught up when they meet for the rides.

Last weekend was the last ride before the winter, but more rides will be scheduled for next spring.

 

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