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PHOTOS: 2023 ride for Richmond County Special Olympics

Ben Sachs, right, and Taylor Lingren lead the 2023 Special Olympics ride from the Hide-A-Way Tavern on May 6. See more photos below. Photos by William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — More than 30 local bikers hit the highway Saturday afternoon to raise money for the Richmond County Special Olympics.

The riders left the Hide-A-Way Tavern, with an escort by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, and followed a route up N.C. 73, with a stop at Town Creek Indian Mound, before returning to the bar.

The ride was originally started in 2009 by former bar owner Buddy Roebuck.

Chris Sachs bought the bar following Roebuck’s death and continued the ride “because the Special Olympics meant a lot to him.”

The ride raised nearly $30,000 in 2019, 2021 and 2022 combined. It wasn’t held in 2020 due to government restrictions in response to the COVID pandemic.


Sachs passed away earlier this year following a bout with pancreatic cancer and this year’s ride — in addition to the Project Taylor ride held in April — was held in his memory.

The amount raised will be announced when Felicia Sachs presents the check during the Special Olympics games on May 16 at Raider Stadium.

See more photos below.

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