Monday, July 10, 2017, will mark the start of the 16th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride around Indiana. A departure ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Police and Fire Fighters Memorial on the capital grounds in downtown Indianapolis. The cyclists will depart shortly after comments by Governor Eric Holcomb and Howard County Sheriff, Steve Rogers. After the 9:00 a.m. departure from the memorial, the cyclists will head north to Kokomo where they will meet with Deputy Carl Koontz’s family, friends, and co-workers to honor and remember his ultimate sacrifice for Hoosiers on March 20, 2016. The cyclists’ journey will last 13 days and cover nearly 1,000 miles bicycling the perimeter of Indiana honoring fallen police officers and their families.
Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Inc. annual bike ride consists of active and retired police officers, law enforcement survivors, law enforcement family members and friends of law enforcement riding their bicycles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana. Funds raised from this event are used to perpetuate the memories of officers killed in the line-of-duty and to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty. Previously raised funds have been directly donated to foundations, scholarships and camps that have been started in memory of fallen officers or by Indiana survivors in honor of their fallen heroes. In addition, Project Blue Light at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy has been supported.
The ride is scheduled to conclude the afternoon of Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Heroes of Public Safety Section. The closing ceremony will begin at 2:00pm EDT. Cops Cycling for Survivors President, Rich Crawford, will provide the closing message. All are welcome to attend.
There will also be a stationary ride fundraising event on Monument Circle in front of Emmis Communication on Friday, July 7, 2017, from 7:00 am to 3:00pm. Come out and meet some of the cyclists, sign the support truck, buy some Cycling for Survivors swag, donate, or just hang out.
The general route of the ride will be as follows:
Day 1, Monday, July 10, 2010 – Indianapolis to Kokomo
Day 2, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – Kokomo to Bluffton
Day 3, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Bluffton to Angola
Day 4, Thursday, July 13, 2017 – Angola to Mishawaka
Day 5, Friday, July 14, 2017 – Mishawaka to Merrillville
Day 6, Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Merrillville to Kentland
Day 7, Sunday, July 16, 2017 – Kentland to Terre Haute
Day 8, Monday, July 17, 2017 – Terre Haute to Princeton
Day 9, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 – Princeton to Huntingburg
Day 10, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 – Huntingburg to Jeffersonville
Day 11, Thursday, July 20, 2017 – Jeffersonville to Madison
Day 12, Friday, July 21, 2017 – Madison to Bloomington
Day 13, Saturday, July 22, 2017 – Bloomington to Indianapolis
By July 7th, additional information on specific locations of meals and overnights can be found by clicking on the Calendar tab of the website. Click view calendar and the month of July. http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/events.php
To track the ride’s progress, stops, and activities, please like and follow them on the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Facebook page (Cops Cycling for Survivors).
For more information about the organization, donations made, or this year’s ride, visit their website: http://www.copscycling4survivors.org/ , or contact Rich Crawford, President of Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Inc. at 317-650-8961
SOURCE: News release from Indiana State Police