Day of Registration Available for OPPD's Aug 28 Bike Ride for Special Olympics Illinois

Day of Registration Available for OPPD's Aug 28 Bike Ride for Special Olympics Illinois
Posted on 08/24/2016

The Orland Park Police Department will hold its annual bicycle ride for Special Olympics Illinois on Sunday, August 28.

Check-in/registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 7:30 a.m., departing from and returning to Gatto's in Orland Park at 8800 West 143rd Street.

"The Orland Park Police Department is a great supporter of Special Olympics Illinois, participating in fundraising events throughout the year," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Bike riders look forward to the August ride because it's a nicely paced, scenic Sunday morning trip through and around Orland Park."

The 14.4-mile course will travel through Orland Park and will then connect with the Tinley Creek Forest Preserve Trails. A water stop is held midway through the ride, which is not a race.

"Everyone is invited to join the police department's fundraising efforts for Special Olympics Illinois," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "This is a great ride for a great cause."

Refreshments will be available and a complimentary breakfast buffet with soft drinks and coffee will be available at Gatto's - Orland Park after the ride.

"Each summer, people ask when the ride will be held because it's become an annual favorite," said Chief Tim McCarthy. "It's not a race. It's leisurely paced and everyone remains together as a group," the chief said, adding that all participants are expected to wear bicycle helmets.

Pre-registration closed July 31 but day of registration will be available.

Ron Kus, who serves as a telecommunications officer for the police department, coordinates the department's Special Olympics fundraising efforts.

"The bike patrol leads the group and we stop midway through for a water break. All of the proceeds are given to Special Olympics Illinois. It's a great event and we welcome everyone," Kus said.

The ride is open to those ages 12 and older and the cost is $25 per person.

The Orland Park Police Ride is co-sponsored by Gatto's Orland Park, the Orland Park Law Enforcement Organization, Silver Lake Country Club and the Orland Park Lions Club.

Questions may be directed to rkus@orlandpark.org or by leaving a voice mail at 708/364-4925.