Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Charity Ride?
Do I need a motorcycle to participate?
What if it rains?
Can I pre-register?
What time does it start/first bike out?
What is the FOMT Chip Run?
How much do the books cost?
Do I have to go to all of the stops in the book to be eligible to win?
How do I know how many points each chip is worth?
When will the winner be announced?
Do I have to buy/purchase something at every stop?
Do I have to be present to win?
When is the last date I can turn my book in?
Where does the money go?
How many people participated in previous years?

What is a Charity Ride?

A Charity Ride is an organized event using a motorcycle or car, where participants travel over a predestined route, stopping at predestined locations on the route. At the final location, a Prizes are awarded for the best hand.

Do I need a motorcycle to participate?

No. In Previous years we have had several people go on the run in their cars.

What if it rains?

A rain date is always scheduled for the following Sunday.

Can I pre-register?

Yes. The rider’s pre-registration fee is $15.00 per rider / $10.00 per passenger, and must be received by Monday, August 11, 2014. You can mail your registration form to the following address:
Friends of Michael Tom
P.O. Box 262
Winfield, IL 60190
***Pre-Registration entry fee is non refundable

What time does it start/first bike out?

The first group to leave will be at 10:30am, the last group will leave by 11:30am.

What is the FOMT Chip Run?

The FOMT chip run is consists of a Chip Book that riders purchase and it contains various destinations inside. The goal is stop and pull a chip at as many destinations as possible. Various establishments will sponsor a page in the Chip Book for a nominal donation. The Chip Run goes from April 15th until August 17th, and culminates with the FOMT Charity Ride. During the Charity Ride all Chip Run particiant turn in their books to determine their pulled poker chip values. These valuese are unknown to everyone and are drawn at random during the pre-Charity Ride gathering. The person with the most points wins a small purse of $500.

How much do Chip Books cost?

$20.00 each

Do I have to go to all of the stops in the book to be eligible to win?

No. Just complete as much of the book as you can.

How do I know how many points each chip is worth?

On the morning of the Charity Ride, the point value of each chip will be determined randomly.

When will the winner be announced?

The winner will be announced after we return from the Charity Ride, at approximately 6pm.

Do I have to buy/purchase something at every stop?

You do not need to purchase anything at the stops in order to draw your chip. However it is appreciated to support our participating establishments

Do I have to be present to win?

No. If you cannot make it to the Charity Ride, you can mail your book to the following address before August 17, 2014:
Friends of Michael Tom
P.O. Box 262
Winfield, IL 60190

When is the last date I can turn my book in?

August 17, 2014

Where does the money go?

All of the proceeds from the 2014 Chip Run and Charity Ride will be donated to the Midwest Shelter for Homless Veterans

How many people participated in previous years?

In 2007, FOMT had approximately 75 registered riders/passengers.
In 2008, there were over 100 registered riders/passengers, 85 of which also participated in our Chip Run.
In 2009, there were 128 registered riders/passengers, 78 of which also participated in our Chip Run