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Rolling Thunder comes to an end; 2019 will be last ride

The annual Rolling Thunder ride — which has brought thousands of bikers to the D.C. area for decades — is hitting the brakes. They won’t be riding after their May 2019 run, group officials confirmed to WTOP.

The key issues cited by the group are costs and communication problems with the Pentagon Police Department.

“We had so many problems in the last two or three years with the [Pentagon Police] and the parking facilities after we leave the Pentagon parking lot,” Rolling Thunder, Inc. board member Gus Dante told WTOP.

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“It cost us $60,000 just to rent the Pentagon parking lot, about $200,000 for the whole ball of wax — to promote the POW/MIA issue and veterans causes,” Dante said. “So that’s one of the main reasons.”

“They just had enough,” he said.

After the 2019 run, “We are going to do it in our local areas, various states,” he said.

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More at:
https://wtop.com/dc/2018/12/rolling-thunder-comes-to-an-end-...
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