The Ride to Remember annual bike ride will be open to any interested cyclists this year. The 106 mile journey runs from Springfield, MA to Boston and was created in honor of fallen police officers.
The ride started in 2013 in honor of Springfield police officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield officer Jose Torres, who were both killed while on duty in 2012. It now also honors Sean Collier, the MIT officer shot to death by the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013, and Plymouth Gregg Maloney, another officer killed in the line of duty.
According to Mass Live, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, who helps organize the event, is opening up the ride in the hopes of having at least 300 riders participate. In the past, the only cyclists who could enter were police officers and public safety personnel.
Last year’s Ride to Remember had over 200 participants and raised $85,000 for the Fallen Officers Memorial in Boston and other local charities. Delaney feels that the best chance to get the roster for the ride above 300 is to open up the event to all cyclists.
This year’s ride will occur on September 19th. The ride starts in downtown Springfield, MA and ends in Boston at the fallen officer memorial on Beacon Hill. Riders are escorted by police, who usher the pack through traffic lights. Riders only stop at pre-planned rest stops. Delaney said, “This is a very user friendly ride.”
At the end of the journey, there are showers, saunas, and massages available at a Boston health club and there is also a cookout. Peter Pan Bus Lines offers participants rides back to Springfield for those that need them.
For more information on the event or to register, go to the Ride to Remember website. There you can also find out more about officers Ambrose, Torres, Collier, and Maloney. There is also registration, training, and uniform information on the site. Ride to Remember also has a Facebook page and anyone with questions can reach out to Sgt. John Delaney through their website.