3rd Ride to Remember begins

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Hundreds of bicyclists are gathering in Springfield Saturday morning. They’re getting ready to travel more than 100 miles for this year’s Ride to Remember.

More than 300 bicyclists will ride from Springfield to Boston starting at 7:00AM.

This all started as a way to remember two local police officers killed in the line of duty.

The 104-mile ride began in 2013 as a way of honoring Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, and Westfield Officer Jose Torres. Both were killed in the line of duty in 2012.

This is the third year the Ride to Remember has been held, and every year it has attracted a larger number of participants. More than 300 riders are participating this year, including our very own 22News anchor Laura Hutchinson, and 22News reporter Alessandra Martinez.

A portion of the money raised today will go toward the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston, which is where the ride will end.

Last year, the bicyclists raised more than $85,000.

If you’d like to show your support, you’re asked to line up on Main Street and Boland Way, or along Boston Road to cheer on the riders.

We will have a live stream of the ride on WWLP.com.

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