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North Myrtle Beach hosts 13th Annual Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Competition

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, the bikes start rolling out of the garage.

Only this time, they're police bikes.

The North Myrtle Beach Police Department hosted the 13th Annual Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Competition, which showcases the skills of law enforcement motorcycle riders and motor officers. Local riders as well as riders from different states put themselves to the test through a series of performance-under-pressure events.

"These motorcycles weigh anywhere from 800 to 1,000 pounds, so it takes a lot of practice in order to be able to maneuver the motorcycles," said Sgt. Ray Pollock, a uniform patrol supervisor with the North Myrtle Beach Police Department, and the event's organizer.

Several events help determine the overall best riders. The riders are ranked in a final overall category, with the best overall rider earning the title of Mr. Rodeo. The best team consisting of four members earns the title of Best Overall Team.

But that's not the important part, says Pollock.

"Everything's for charity. All the t-shirts that we sell, the challenge points," Pollock said. any money we have, [obtain] through it all gets donated to Camp Happy Days when the event's over."

Camp Happy Days offers programs that help improve the emotional, physical and psychological health of children and families affected by pediatric cancer.