8TH ANNUAL RIDE-T0-REMEMBER – WORCESTER FIRE DEPARTMENT RIDE – CHARITY BICYCLE RIDE
On September 12’th 2020, the Springfield “Ride-to-Remember” will be welcoming all bicycle riders to join members of the Law Enforcement, Firefighter, Corrections Officer and EMT community for the Eighth Annual Ride-To-Remember charity bicycle ride that traditionally goes from Springfield to Boston, MA.
This year we are dedicating the Ride-to-Remember to the nine Fallen Worcester Firefighters who were died in the line-of-duty these past two decades. On December 9’th 1999 the WFD lost the following six Firefighters in the Worcester Cold Storage fire; Lt. James Lyons, Lt. Timothy Jackson, Thomas Spencer, Paul Brotherton, Jeremiah Lucey and Joeseph McGuirk. Eight years ago they lost Firefighter John Davies in a three decker fire. One year ago they lost Firefighter Christopher Roy in a House Fire. On November 13’th, 2019 Lt. Jason Menard lost his life fighting a house fire and saving a fellow Firefighter.
No other Fire Department in New England has suffered such a loss and the Ride-to-Remember wants to dedicate this years ride to the fallen heroes of the Worcester Fire Department.
The Ride-to-Remember for this year only will change the route so we can spotlight the City of Worcester, the Worcester Firefighters and the families of these brave men who suffer their loss every single day. Money raised will go the Worcester Fire Department charities.
The Ride-to-Remember VIII will start in downtown Springfield on September 12’th, 2020 at 7:00 A.M. The 400-500 bicycle riders will be escorted by Police Motorcycle Officers to the City of Worcester which is 50 miles away. We will reach Worcester city limits and be escorted by a fleet of Worcester fire trucks and police to Institute Park where riders will be greeted by State Officials, the Mayor of Worcester along with Fire Chief, Firefighters and their families. This will be our lunch stop and there will be a short ceremony honoring the nine fallen firefighters. After the half-hour to 45 minute ceremony all riders will follow our motorcycle escort in a loop back to Main & Boland Way in downtown Springfield. Once back in Springfield you will be provided shower and towel service at two local gyms at Main and Boland Way. Immediatly following your change of clothes you will celebrate your 100 mile journey with family, friends and fellow riders at an amazing after party with great food, music and plenty of adult sport beverages! We will be offering discount rates at local downtown hotels so out-of-town riders can stay both Friday and Saturday nights! More information on the exact route and other notices will be added later.
This ride is open to the public but it does require the purchase of an official rider’s jersey. The ride begins promptly at 7:00 A.M. from the corner of Main Street and Boland Way in the heart of downtown Springfield. The riders will meet in between the Sheraton Springfield and the Marriott Tower Square Hotel. Breakfast will be provided the morning of the ride and there will be over 100 volunteers making sure all your needs are taken care of. If you are staying overnight please make your reservations at either hotel and tell them you are with the Ride-to-Remember.
The cost of the ride is $300.00. You get so much on this ride; rider support, five amazing rest stops, dinner, first class shower facility with steam & sauna at the end of the ride in downtown Springfield. After everyone showers and changes at the facility you will be provided an amazing meal and adult and beers at the best after-party on the planet. This years party will be epic! We strongly encourage that all your family and loved ones meet you in downtown Springfield at 5:00 PM to celebrate your amazing day with close to 500 riders! The Ride-to-Remember has been called the best Century Ride in New England!
The 2020 Ride-to-Remember will be a special … we are expanding this ride beyond law enforcement. The seventh annual ride was to honor Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose. This fallen heroes badge number was 7 – and the seventh annual ride was dedicated in his honor. The Ride-to-Remember was started for this hero eight years ago. This year its our honor to not only remember Kevin Ambrose and all fallen officers and firefighters, we will honor Worcester and the Worcester Fire Department and the families that love them.
Rider’s jerseys can be purchased here. The new shirts are being designed now, they will ready for purchase in 2019.
The Primary Purpose for the R2R is to bring awareness to all the fallen police officers and firefighters in the State of Massachusetts.
The secondary purpose for the R2R is raising money for both the firefighter and police officer memorials along with Christina’s House (a homeless shelter for women with children in Springfield), On-Site Academy for Police Officers and Firefighters with Post Traumatic Stress and other local charities.
The ride begins promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12th, 2020. The riders stay together across the State, 50 miles from Springfield to Worcester. After a brief and memorable ceremony we will then ride back to Springfield, MA. The riders are escorted by police motorcycles from all over New England. Once you clip-in you don’t clip-out till you reach one of the five amazing, well stocked with food and volunteer rest stops.
Rider support includes bike repair specialists from Competitive Edge Bike Shop, doctors from Baystate Medical Center, EMT’s from AMR and a boatload of volunteers from beginning to end.
You can sign-up for the R2R8 on BikeReg.com
Ride-to-Remember -IX will return to the same route – Springfield to Boston. Don’t miss this years ride … it’s different and special and you will never forget what you’re riding for … the Fallen Heroes of the Worcester Fire Department! It will be EPIC!!!