Please note that we are streaming live as cyclists make their way across the state. Coarse language may occasionally be picked up on audio. Note also that the stream will stop temporarily during the scheduled stops along the route, and may cut out periodically due to signal issues.
(WWLP) – For the fourth time, hundreds of bicyclists are making their way across the state for the annual Ride to Remember. The more than 100-mile ride from Springfield to Boston is now in its fourth year, and is raising money for the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston, as well as the Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard Memorial soccer fields in Springfield.
The ride was first conceived in 2013, as a way to honor two local police officers who died in the line of duty the year before. Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed while dealing with a call about a restraining order on June 4, 2012. The following month, Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres died after being struck by a dump truck while working a construction detail.
Surely on the minds of riders as well are two central Massachusetts law enforcement officers who lost their lives this year. State Trooper Thomas Clardy died in March after his cruiser was struck from behind while he was conducting a traffic stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton. Two months later, Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. died after being shot while conducting a traffic stop.
The course takes riders over a variety of terrain, from the relatively flat Connecticut River Valley, through the often steep and challenging Worcester Hills, to the same ups-and-downs faced by runners of the Boston Marathon. It is a challenging course, for which most riders prepare months in advance. 22News Storm Team Meteorologist Jennifer Pagliei is among those who trained for, and is participating in Saturday’s ride.
It is not just cyclists who are participating in this year’s ride, however. As he did last year, Watertown Police Officer Brandon O’Neill is running the entire route. His cross-state journey got started Friday afternoon. In addition to paying tribute to fallen police officers, he is running as a tribute to his daughter, Savannah, who died at age nine.
The ride has now ended, as riders reached the State House in Boston at 5:10pm. A brief ceremony will take place in honor of fallen police officers.