A whopping 1,000 motorcycles will “Ride to the Tide” this Sunday to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.
The 12th annual ride will kick off at 11:30 a.m. from Rommel Harley-Davidson in Smyrna, where bikers begin arriving as early as 9:30 a.m. to enjoy pre-event festivities. The 55-mile ride will end at Jake’s Seafood House in Rehoboth Beach, where participants will enjoy lunch on the house.
“It all benefits Special Olympics Delaware, which is the state’s largest organization that benefits 4,200 athletes in sports training and competition,” said Jon Buzby, Director of Program Innovations for Special Olympics Delaware. “They compete in 19 sports year round, it’s for children and adults and it’s just a way for our athletes to showcase that they have the same athletic abilities as people without disabilities.”
“When the Blue Knights approached us with the idea of the ride more than a decade ago, we realized it was an opportunity to reach out to a group who we believed would embrace an event that involved their passion for riding motorcycles,” said Ann Grunert, executive director of Special Olympics Delaware. “They’ve not only embraced it, but what we’ve come to realize is that their true passion for participating is to support the 4,200 athletes who compete year-round in Special Olympics here in Delaware.”
The riders will be police-escorted so there are no stops at light. The event is sponsored by Delmarva Power and organized by the Delaware Blue Knights – Chapter 1, and is supported by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Delaware, Jake’s Seafood House, Rommel Harley Davidson, WBOC 16 and Fox 21 Delmarva.
A record 1,000 bikers and 404 passengers raised $60,000 in 2017. The event has raised more than $297,000 in its 11-year history.
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