Peter Makris Memorial Run
While the “Official Kickoff to Laconia Motorcycle Week” is ride-centric, the reason we ride is also of prime importance. Peter Makris, the patriarch of the legendary NASWA Resort, the Official Hotel of the rally, was well-loved and is now well-remembered in the 14th annual ride in his honor, The Peter Makris Memorial Run.
The annual Peter Makris Memorial Run has to date raised over $435,000 for area charities and embraces the aspects of life that meant most to Peter—family, friends, The NASWA and giving back to his Laconia community. As a proud U.S. military veteran, Peter relished the friendship of his fellow U.S. Marine Corps Leathernecks and the group has become an integral part of the event, flying their colors to honor his service and memory.
Known and recognized as a leader of the community and as the warmest smiling face at The NASWA Resort that Peter owned with his wife, Hope, he took every opportunity to enjoy the beauty of his home state, and to give back. If not boating or riding with friends, Peter would be found welcoming visitors from his customary seat at the entrance to the NAZBar & Grill. Having built a career as an attorney after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Peter and Hope raised their family in the hospitality business of The NASWA Resort. He was instrumental in providing the Laconia Fire Department’s water rescue team’s first boat and led the rest of the lake business community to join in. He rode until the age of 82, often with Hope and encouraged his daughter, Cynthia, who now heads the resort, to ride as well. Though he passed 13 years ago, everyone who ever met him remembers his beaming smile and warm handshake.
Thanks to the support of the ride, Easter Seals NH “Veterans Count” Program now has a Lakes Region Chapter, with Cynthia Makris, Peter’s daughter, as President. The organization supports all U.S. military—active duty, veterans and their families with important personal, financial and family services. Veterans Count has proven a valuable resource to area vets and The Peter Makris Run has donated over $140,000 to this venerable organization.
A staunch supporter of the Laconia Fire Department, Makris led the start of the Fire Department’s Life Saving fund and helped purchase the first Fire Rescue boat. That Life Saving Fund, funded by the Peter Makris Memorial Run for the past 12 years, continues to finance the water rescue unit of the Laconia Fire Department since no state tax dollars were appropriated for this important Lake Winnipesaukee service. Over the years, the charity expanded its support to include the area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
“My family remembers what was dear to our father,” says Cynthia Makris, president of the NASWA Resort, “My 94-year old mother, still active in the operations and events at The NASWA, rode with Peter for years and supports his causes. Our family strives to keep his memory alive by giving to those my father supported—our town, our veterans and those who protect us. This annual run brings his life full circle and allows us to give back to Laconia in my father’s memory,” she adds.
14th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run
June 13, 2020
Bikers and Boaters Unite!
Click HERE to Register Online!
You may also call 603.366.4341 to sign up or print a form HERE!
By May 24th to receive a David Uhl designed t-shirt
Online registration will close June 10th
After June 10th
Call to register at 603.366.4341
$75 per person
$50 per person
Are you a Business and want to Sponsor the Run? CLICK HERE for more information.
NEW for this year! Sign up ONLINE or print the form CLICK HERE!
Sponsor Level 1 $2500
Sponsor Level 2 $1000
Sponsor Level 3 $500
You may also download our registration form here or in person. Please call 603.366.4341 for more information.
Registration + Full Hot Breakfast – Including Eggs + Bacon!
Bikes/Boats meet at The NASWA Resort – 1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia. Go to the registration tent on The NASWA beach to receive wristbands, 13th Anniversary David Uhl designed Peter Makris T-shirt, Free Beer chip and full Hot Breakfast, served at the “World Famous” NazBar & Grill…right on the beach!
Final Gathering and Placement of Motorcycles and Cars in NASWA Parking Lot
Opening Ceremonies and Blessing of the Bikes!
Motorcycles are escorted by NH State Police!
New exciting route! Heading out to NHMS to drive on the road course and laps around the speedway, and then continue on a beautiful ride.
Return to the NazBar & Grill with priority parking and docking.
The Party Rolls On…Live Music by James Montgomery Band!
Sumptuous carving station & fresh seafood provided by Infusion Sales Group, prepared by Big Boys Catering (BBC) led by Chef Greg Ulicnik and a silent auction for collectibles and treasure. Enjoy your free beer on Peter as well as the many promotions and giveaways! Drawings and Raffles for Prizes! A place to stay…
The party goes on…rain or shine!
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Donations are Welcome!
Make a difference by donating to the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund, Water Rescue Teams and Easter Seals NH “Veterans Count” Program. Click here to contribute to their fund!
Would you like to be a sponsor of this event? Contact us today.
For more information, please call us at 603.366.4341