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Local officials praise Petty Ride

LAKE PLACID-Come May 7, the command will come for 175 bikers to "start your engines."

It's a phrase that NASCARgreat Kyle Petty heard 829 times as a driver on the Sprint Cup Series (formerly the Winston and Nextel Cup Series) and has since heard nine times as part of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.

The event, which enters its 17th year in 2011, helps to raise funds for the Victory Junction Camp, which he founded to honor the memory of his late son, Adam, who was killed in a practice crash in New Hampshire.

This year, the fundraising motorcycle rally will start in Lake Placid, with the first stage opening on Saturday, May 7, running from the High Peaks Resort to Corning.

"We are real excited to have them come here," Cathy Pfohl, director of community relations and events with the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau said. "Lake Placid will be the headquarters, with those being at the High Peaks Resort."

Pfohl said that the morning of May 7 will be exciting.

"There will be about 175 bikes that will leave from the resort and there will be spectators as well," she said. "They will take off through the towns and villages on their way to Corning as the first leg of the trip."

Pfohl said that one of Petty's fellow NASCARdrivers who has ties to the region through another sport helped to bring the event to Lake Placid

"Geoff Bodine will be here and he was instrumental in getting Kyle to headquarter here in Lake Placid," Pfohl said.

Bodine has hosted several events in Lake Placid involving the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, which has improved the quality of sleds that are used by American athletes to compete on the world stage.

For the ride, Pfohl said that the event is an invitation only ride that keeps riders on their bike during the duration of each day trip.

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