Close to one thousand motorcycle enthusiasts enjoyed going from "Zero to Hero" during a 40-mile charity ride on Saturday, Sept. 21 that ended with a three lap victory tour of Kentucky Speedway. Sponsored by the March of Dimes Ohio Chapter, the "Ride for Babies" raised nearly $45,000 in the event's inaugural year.

"The entire day was absolutely incredible," said John Banchy, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the March of Dimes. "The tremendous turnout and the amount raised for charity far exceeded my expectations."

One of the highlights for riders was concluding the trip with three victory laps around Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval. "The experience was overwhelming," Banchy said. "The 'Ride for Babies' participants were very impressed by the facility and grateful for the opportunity to drive the track. I don't think we could have asked for a better outcome."

"The staff and safety crews at Kentucky Speedway bent over backwards to see this charity ride was the best event it could be," Banchy said. "Their willingness to help allowed us to focus on our primary goal of raising as much as possible for the March of Dimes."