Chuck Nowak Memorial Bike Run slated for Saturday

Krystle Wagner • Aug 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM

The public is invited to join the annual Chuck Nowak Memorial Bike Run.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and kickstands go up at 10 a.m. at the Hiway Inn, 600 S. Beechtree St. in Grand Haven.

It costs $10 per person to participate, which includes a meal at the end of the ride. Also following the ride, there will be auctions, raffles and more.

The event, organized by the Hiway Inn and Nunica Nuts, is a way to honor the late Chuck Nowak, who died in 2013, and to raise money in his memory. The funds will be donated to Operation Comfort Warriors.

Over the years, the event has raised about $15,000, said Shannon Fredricks, bar manager for the Hiway Inn. Fredricks said she and Craig Duby started the event to honor a beloved friend who enjoyed helping others.

Nowak, a Vietnam veteran, served in the U.S. Army for three years. He and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Grand Haven in 1969 after Chuck was discharged from the military. The Nowaks were married for 47 years and had three children.

Over the years, Nowak served in various roles for the City of Grand Haven. He retired as the city’s public works director.

Nowak’s interest in motorcycles goes back to his high school years, his wife said. Although Nowak rode motorcycles off and on over the years. He picked up riding again in 2003 and was a member of the Nunica Nuts motorcycle group.

The American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28 Honor Guard will participate in Saturday’s event with a flag ceremony, rifle volleys and the sounding of “Taps.”

Last year, between 60 and 70 motorcycles participated in the ride, Fredricks said.

Cheryl Nowak said her late husband “was loved by a lot of people,” and Fredricks said Nowak enjoyed being surrounded by people he loved.

“He was a good guy,” Fredricks added.

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