BOSTON (WWLP) – Up and down hills across most of the length of Massachusetts, more than 300 riders pedaled their way from Springfield to Boston for the third-annual Ride to Remember Saturday.
The Springfield-to-Boston event raises funding and awareness for the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial outside the State House, which is where the ride came to an end. It was first conceived as a way to honor two western Massachusetts police officers who died in the line of duty- Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose and Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres.
22News’ own Laura Hutchinson and Alessandra Martinez were among those who made the ride, which started at 7:00 A.M. on Boland Way in downtown Springfield. Along the way, riders stopped to rest and fuel-up in Palmer, Charlton, Grafton, Ashland, and Newton, before reaching the finish line right around 5:30.
The sirens of numerous police cruisers and motorcycles sounded as the riders reached the State House, and bagpipes played as the ride concluded.