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WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2003 - 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: BMW of North America, LLC -- Western Region Training Center 1175 S. Dupont Avenue Ontario, CA 91761 909-975-4301

Riders will depart on the first leg of the route with motorcycle escorts from the California Highway Patrol. The original and fully restored California Highway Patrol car from the TV series "Highway Patrol", a 1955 Buick, will accompany the BMW Charity Ride on their 1,200 mile, four-day journey.

WHAT: More than 60 motorcycle enthusiasts from across the U.S. will participate in a four-day ride, departing from Ontario, CA and traveling through Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Malibu before returning to Ontario on October 12.

Participants will enjoy the thrill of the open road while raising funds for the St. Francis Medical Center "Footprints" program and the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation. Participants in the 13th Annual BMW Charity Ride, which kicks off with a reception at St. Francis Medical Center on Wednesday, October 8, will raise approximately $70,000. That amount will be shared, with $50,000 being donated to St. Francis Medical Center's "Footprints" program, which provides shoes and clothing to hundreds of needy children in East Los Angeles each year, and $20,000 being donated to the CHP 11-99 Foundation, which serves families of lost, injured or disabled CHP officers. For riders, who each donated $900 to participate, it is an opportunity to experience the wind in their hair while contributing to two worthy causes.