The DGR celebrating 10th annual run

For the last decade, the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride (DGR), founded by Mark Hawwa, has brought together more than 300,000 retro motorcycle enthusiasts and has raised close to US$30-million for the benefit of prostate cancer research and Movember’s men’s health initiatives and suicide prevention efforts.

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This year, due to restrictions brought about by coronavirus, the event was moved to May 23 and will be carried out in each jurisdiction or locality in accordance with their own health and safety protocols.

To celebrate this momentous achievement, Triumph Motorcycles will be giving away 3 brand new motorcycles to the 3 highest fundraisers worldwide. Additionally, a special edition Triumph Thruxton RS will be given away to the winner of the Gentlefolk competition.

“We at Triumph are proud to be the main partner for the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride for the 8th consecutive year and are also delighted to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the initiative overall,” said Triumph CCO, Paul Stroud.

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To have a shot at winning the prized Thruxton RS, contestants must collect fundraising badges and raise over $250 to qualify.

“This year, we are not only celebrating 10 years of DGR, but 8 years of our partnership with Triumph Motorcycles,” said DGR Founder Mark Hawwa. “We look forward to collectively raising over $30m USD since the event began, and riding dapper for men’s health — whether that’s in a COVID-safe event, or solo — we’re in this together!”

DGR in Manila

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While the lockdown here in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces may or may not be extended, our friends who are organizing the event say that DGR Manila is largely a go this coming May.

The complete mechanics on how the ride will take place in accordance with physical distancing, as well as mass gathering protocols have yet to be determined. The organizers are considering a “café racer-style” ride where solo riders can have a stopover at their choice of, say, restaurant, to the next and so on.

Prizes could also be won by the attendees, depending on the number of stopovers they do. But again, these are still being discussed and not confirmed as of yet.