‘River Run’ could return to a new location | Local News


After 37 years on the Colorado River, a popular annual motorcycle convention has come to an end in Laughlin due to the coronavirus pandemic. But now the engines are running in circles and the Laughlin River Race could be held at a new venue this spring.

The Laughlin River Run once brought thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Laughlin each year. The event was canceled in 2020 and listed as “permanently closed” on its website almost two years ago. But now, California resident Kennie Cuppetelli, who helped organize the Laughlin River Run and other events in the Mohave County area, has applied for a county permit to host a new “Colorado River Run” at Davis Camp in April.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether to approve the permit at its Jan. 18 meeting in Kingman.

Cuppatelli represents the Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, which will act as the group sponsor for the Colorado River Run in connection with the application. Cuppatelli has also helped organize Havasu’s London Bridge Days Parade, Laughlin Bikes N Rods show and the Laughlin River Run.

The Colorado River Run is described as a two-day motorcycle-themed public event that will include live music, vendors, bar displays and hot rod displays.

Use of Camp Davis for the proposed new event will incur a space rental fee of $10,560, with a $1,000 security deposit. If approved, the event is scheduled to take place April 22-23 on South Beach at Camp Davis in Bullhead City.

Per Cuppatelli’s request for use of Camp Davis facilities, event sponsors will include Harley Davidson, Jack FM, Trust Me Vodka, Viking Bags, CRC Industries, Bud Light and Gretsch Guitars.

Cuppatelli’s request for permission and use of the facilities is listed as a “consent agenda” item before the Mohave County Board of Supervisors, and may be approved without discussion Tuesday.

Attempts to contact Cuppetelli by phone for this story were unsuccessful on Monday night.


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