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Bikers fill downtown Gilroy on New Year’s Day for the annual Burrito Run, a tradition that brings riders from all across the state to eat downtown. Photo: Erik Chalhoub

Hungry motorcyclists from Gilroy and beyond convened downtown to support local restaurants during the annual Burrito Run on Jan. 1.

The New Year’s Day tradition’s roots stem back about 40 years ago, when a small group of bikers stopped at Cielito Lindo for a bite to eat. The riders returned year after year with more of their friends, and now the Burrito Run draws an estimated few thousand to downtown throughout New Year’s Day.

Bikers filled the sidewalks and streets, checking out each other’s rides, while some restaurants, including Cielito Lindo, had extra seats outside to accommodate the increased business.

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A rider rolls past the Cielito Lindo restaurant on Monterey Street, where the Burrito Run tradition began about four decades ago. Photo: Erik Chalhoub
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Photo: Erik Chalhoub
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Erik Chalhoub joined Weeklys as an editor in 2019. Prior to his current position, Chalhoub worked at The Pajaronian in Watsonville for seven years, serving as managing editor from 2014-2019.


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