NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Motorcycle officers from across the globe will be on the Grand Strand for the 16th Annual Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Challenge (PPMSC). The event is hosted by the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, the Myrtle Beach Police Department, the Horry County Police Department, and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Put it on your calendar or to-do list for April 26-29. It is a great opportunity for families to enjoy getting to know local police officers and have fellowship with their community members.
The police motorcycle rodeo is a training opportunity for officers and EMS personnel to increase their skills on two wheels and showcase their talent, while at the same time helping support Camp Happy Days. Camp Happy Days is a charity that helps provide support services for children with cancer. The Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Challenge has raised more than $99,000 since 2005 through donations from area businesses and charities. Volunteers and donors make up the backbone of the entire operation.
The event is open to families and the public at no charge.
North Myrtle Beach Motorcycle Officer Bobby Hall, says, “I'm blessed to be given the opportunity to help organize this event. I'm also humbled by the strength these children fighting pediatric cancer have. I'm just glad that I can have an impact on helping their families and that the North Myrtle Beach Police Department can be involved in helping raise awareness and money for them."
Officer Hall is organizing the Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Challenge this year and is the chairperson of PPMSC.
The PPMSC is continuing to seek donations. Donations of $250.00 or greater will provide a location at the event for the display of a banner that is provided by the business or group making the donation.
What is a police motorcycle rodeo? It is series of performance-based tests designed to display what riders have learned as motorcycle officers while elevating their knowledge and skillset. Motorcycle officers from North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Canada, and South America have participated in the rodeo.
When: Wednesday April 26 – Saturday April 29
Where: Myrtle Beach Mall on North Kings Highway next to Bass Pro Shops
Wednesday – Practice Day
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Practice from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Challenge Ride at 1 p.m.
Practice from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Precision Course Competition from Noon – 5 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – S.M.A.R.T. Ride & Last Man Standing
Saturday – Competition Day
8 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Timed Course, Individual Slow Ride, Team Slow Ride
Remember, this is a family friendly event that is free to the public, helps a worthwhile charity, and provides an exciting opportunity to see motorcycle police officers from across South Carolina, the United States, and the world provide some great entertainment as they continue to hone their skills behind the handlebars.
For more information about the City of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department go to www.nmb.us
For more information about the Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Challenge go to https://www.ppmsc.us/
For more information about Camp Happy Days go to https://camphappydays.org