Twin cylinders were firing and bikes were flying down the highway this past Saturday in Swift Current.

The annual Ride for Dad motorcycle ride took place in Swift Current and branched out from the city into multiple communities in the southwest.

Curt Purves, a co-chair for the Swift Current Ride for Dad, attended the ride along with 147 other bikers. Together, everyone in attendance along with donors raised around $27,000 for prostate cancer research.

"That money goes eventually to the University of Saskatchewan," said Purves. "This year we presented the university with a $15,000 check for their research efforts and to continue their efforts in finding a cure."

To date, the Swift Current branch has raised over $500,000 for prostate cancer research.

Saturday's Ride for Dad started at the Living Sky Casino, with kickstands up and bikes rolling at 10 a.m. This year saw them split into two routes.

"We did a parade through Swift Current and then we went to Gull Lake and stopped in Shaunavon, Eastend for lunch and then from there it kind of split in two different directions," detailed Purves. "One was going to Consul past Cypress Hills Park to Maple Creek and back to Swift Current, while the other one went back to Shaunavon and down to Climax, working their way to Val Marie, Cadillac and back to Swift Current."

If you missed this year's parade or would like to ride yourself, the Ride for Dad will be taking place again next year in Swift Current.

"We're not stopping. We're going full bore and keep this thing going as long as we can," said Purves. "It all depends on if we have any more outbreaks of COVID-19-like symptoms or if we can all get back to normal and get out there and raise funds."

For anyone interested in supporting the Ride for Dad with donations or riding themselves they can visit for all the information on how to donate and sign up.