ONEONTA _ Jason’s Run is making a repeat _ this time near the start of the traditional motorcycle riding season.
Held for the first time last year in early fall, the motorcycle ride Saturday, coordinated by Karen Vagliardo of Oneonta and American Legion Riders Post 259, is designed to raise funding for motorcycle safety education.
It is named in honor of Vagliardo’s son, Jason M. Vagliardo, who died Sept. 8, 2008, in the town of Oneonta when his motorcycle struck the passenger side of a pickup truck that had made a turn in front of him. He was one of six motorcyclists from Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties who died that year.
Vagliardo began raising money last year to purchase signs and bumper stickers with the slogan, “Check Twice — Save a Life. Motorcycles are everywhere.”
The idea was to educate motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, as well as other cars.
“We are hoping we can lessen the amount of preventable and senseless tragedies from happening,” Vagliardo said.
Many fatal crashes occur when motorists turn or pull out in front of motorcycles, which have lower profiles than cars or trucks.
After initially purchasing signs herself, the first Jason’s Run was done that fall with the help of the American Legion riders. The event raised more than $4,000.
“They took me in last year,” Vagliardo said. “It’s really been through all of their help that I’ve been able to get these signs out. It’s been an incredible year so far.”
Dozens of signs and more than 1,000 bumper stickers have so far been distributed in seven New York counties, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
The event was moved to the spring in part because it is closer to the beginning of the motorcycle season, which traditionally starts when warmer weather arrives.
“We squeaked it in last year,” she said. “We are going to try and continually have it in June.”
The event, which is rain or shine, will open with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Oneonta Veterans Club.
The run, which is open to motorcyclists and nonriders, will leave from the club at around 11:15 a.m. and stop first at the American Legion in Sidney before driving through and around Franklin. It will end at the Oneonta Veterans Club, where a meal will be served, Vagliardo said.
The breakfast will be a $7 donation, and there is a $10 donation to participate in the run and the meal afterward.
There will be 50/50 raffles, auctions, door prizes and other activities at the Oneonta Veterans Club.
Vagliardo said she wanted to thank the event’s supporters, especially the many businesses who donated food and auction items.