Gov. Mike Pence made a stop in his hometown along with about 500 other Hoosier motorcycle riders as part of a benefit for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund.
Pence rode his 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Glider into Mill Race Park at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, a stop on his way to Seymour and Madison.
The governor said he hoped the ride, which started in Indianapolis, would raise about $5,000.
It was the 10th annual Governor’s Motorcycle Ride and was planned for about 141 miles Friday.
Pence made a short speech at the Mill Race Amphitheater before climbing back on his motorcycle and hitting the road, along with Mayor Kristen Brown.
He said it was important to stop in Columbus, adding, “This is home.”
“I didn’t know Mom was going to be here, and I did ask her if she wanted to saddle up,” he said. “I told her there was plenty of room.”
He said her response was, “Not this time.”
Later Friday, Pence issued a statement about a crash involving four participants in the ride who were injured just before the final stop in Madison. Indiana State Police were investigating, Pence said.
The ride was to conclude at Bicentennial Park in Madison.
“I was saddened to learn that there was a crash involving several riders in today’s ride. Our prayers are with those who were involved in the crash and with the first responders who are attending to them. We are grateful to these Hoosiers and to all who participated in the Governor’s Annual Motorcycle Ride in support of our National Guard families,” Pence said in a statement.