UTICA, NY – The Ride for Missing and Exploited Children is right around the corner.
Hard to believe after what seemed like a never-ending winter.
On Monday, the final informational meeting was held for riders and volunteers at MVCC’s Utica campus.
This year there are just under 500 riders participating.
About 90 of them are first-time riders
Jim White, president of the ride’s Leadership Team, says it’s an experience those first-time riders will never forget.
"It's quite a celebration as we ride in. We cross under the big American flag that the fire department hoists up and we turn the corner on to Oxford road. It's euphoria. It's really a great feeling. You know you've done a good day's work when you finally arrive."
This year’s ride takes place on Friday, June 1st.