Cycle for safety

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week

Cyclists en route in last year’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children.

Cyclists en route in last year’s Syracuse Ride for Missing Children. Courtesy of The Ride for Missing Children

If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause?

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.

“It is a fundraising event — each cyclist is tasked with raising at least $300 to participate,” said race director Chris Arnold, also the founder of Paige’s Butterfly Run in memory of his daughter. “It brings safety programming from NCMEC to the community. Each school that we stop at or ‘ride by’ will have received an internet safety education assembly a week prior to the Ride.”

Lastly, it reminds the public of the plight of missing children everywhere.

“No better example of long missing children can be offered than that of the three women abducted as children in Cleveland and only recently returned to freedom,” Arnold said.

The all day ride will start and finish at the CNY Family Sports Centre on Jones Road, and cyclists will travel 100 miles around Central New York touching 11 schools (five stops and six ride by’s) across five school districts (Syracuse, East Syracuse, Liverpool, Cicero-North Syracuse and Central Square). The average team pace is about 14 to 15 miles per hour. Riders will assemble about an hour and half prior to the 8 a.m. start and finish at 5:30 p.m.

Interested in participating? Visit rideformissingchildren.org to learn more or to register to ride. If you can’t join this time around, consider sponsoring a rider, making a donation or becoming an event sponsor. The same website will provide all the information you need to become actively involved.

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