(WKTV) - The Ride for Missing Children continues to grow and inspire as a labor of love that requires dedication and perseverance. This year's Ride leaves at 7:50 a.m. on May 16th from New York State Police Troop D Headquarters and concludes over 12 long hours later at the New Hartford Rec Center.
Riders train for months to be able to fulfill the requirement of riding 100 miles at a pace of 15-17 mph. The field is limited to 480 riders, riding in a 2 x 2 formation. Each rider commits to raise a minimum of $500 in community donations to support the mission of the National Center foor Missing and Exploited Children.
Community is a key word here. The nearly 500 riders are escorted by police cars and supported by dozens of volunteers along the route. The route includes stops at several area schools, a reminder that the hard work is foremost for the area's children.
The Ride for Missing Children began in 1995 when a group of 7 men rode from Utica to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about missing children.
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