UTICA, NY – There’s still snow on the ground, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about this year’s Ride for Missing and Exploited Children.
Organizers held their first informational meeting of the year, Monday at MVCC’s Utica campus to let riders and volunteers know how things are going.
Among the things discussed, the total from last year’s ride - $327,000.
That money will be used to print and distribute posters of missing children worldwide.
There will also be a change to this year’s route, with riders finishing the course at the Adirondack Bank Center’s Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Jody Wheet, executive director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Mohawk Valley chapter, says the meeting also gave first-time riders and volunteers a look at what will be expected of them.
“It’s a 90-mile ride. We’re going through Oneida and Madison counties. We’re riding by 33 schools this year, which is the biggest we’ve done so far. We go into those schools and talk to them about bike safety, internet safety, abduction prevention, all kinds of safety information.”
This year's ride will take place on Friday, June 5.