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Hoka Hey Ends with Two Wrecks and One Fatality

According to the organizers of this event, the words “Hoka Hey” were used by the Lakota warriors as a  battle cry that means “good day to die,”

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.

6 thoughts on “Hoka Hey Ends with Two Wrecks and One Fatality


  1. Sorry to hear of the tragic loss of a competitor. My condolences to his family.

    I am no math wiz, my calculations suggest that the winners rode over 24 hours a day!

    Where did the additional 1482 miles come from?


    • Steve,

      The estimated 7000 mile adventure stated in the rider pack was subject to change. I’ve only seen the first leg of the event from Key West to Daytona Beach route map, but with people getting lost, missing turns, off route for one reason or the other that’s where the extra miles are coming into play.


  2. THE REAL DEFINITION OF ‘HOKAHEY’ –”Hokahey” is a man’s exclamation in Sioux, similar to the American expressions “Let’s do it!” or “Let’s roll!” The reason people think it means “it’s a good day to die” is that the Lakota Sioux leader Crazy Horse famously exhorted his troops “Hokahey, today is a good day to die!” Which meant something like “Let’s go men, today is a good day to die!”

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