Unfortunately for one competitor, Charles C. Lynn, 44, of Sorrento, Florida, the ancient battle cry proved all too real as police in Wyoming say Lynn apparently fell asleep on his motorcycle Saturday and was killed in the subsequent crash.
July 4th is the official completion date of the Challenge, but already the first riders have arrived to claim the half million dollars in prize money. Frank Kelly of Prosperity, South Carolina and Will Barclay of Highland, Florida rode their Harley-Davidson’s into Homer Alaska at 4:20 a.m. Monday morning. The pair rode 8,482 miles from Key West, Florida to Homer, Alaska in 190 hours to complete the Hoka-Hey Motorcycle Challenge.
According to The Homer News‘ the duo said the last leg was the hardest and that they were so tired, they stopped every 5 miles. Reportedly, the pair agreed in Fairbanks that they would cross the finish line in Homer at the same time and ride together.
According to the rules the two will have to undergo drug testing and have their logbooks inspected to ensure that no contest rules were violated. Organizers had hoped to lure 1000 riders with a guaranteed purse of $500,000. 500 riders paid $1000 to enter the challenge, and four dropped out due to an accident at the start of the event and another 50 surrendered to heat and other difficulties.
Barclay and Kelly finished the Key West to Homer Alaska competition in 190 hours.