07-29-2008 - Orland Park Police Ride For Special Olympics

07-29-2008 - Orland Park Police Ride For Special Olympics
Posted on 07/29/2008

The Orland Park Police Department will hold its annual "Bicycle Ride for Illinois Special Olympics" on Sunday, August 24. Check-in/registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the ride beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy participates in the ride each year. "This is a nicely paced bicycle ride through parts of Orland Park and the forest preserve bike trails. It's a great way to begin the week --- a scenic Sunday morning ride," he added, noting that bicycle helmets are strongly encouraged for all participants.

This year's start and finish point has changed. The ride will begin and end at Paddy B's Pub at 143rd Street and Union Avenue, in Old Orland.

"Paddy B's asked if they could be a part of the event this year," explained Lieutenant Bob Reilly, who coordinates the ride.

"We'll alternate between our two sites, returning to Sam Maguire's next year," he explained. A buffet with a cash bar will be available at Paddy B's after the ride.

The 14.4-mile course will travel through Old Orland 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.

"Our bicycle patrol officers lead the group, which is also escorted by a few squad cars. Police block off intersections as our riders pass and we remain together as a group," Reilly noted.

Pre-registration is available until 5:00 P.M. on Friday, August 22 at the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue and at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia. Registration will also be available the day of the event.

The ride is open to those age twelve and older and the cost is $20 per person. All proceeds benefit Illinois Special Olympics.

The Orland Park Police Ride for Illinois Special Olympics is co-sponsored by Paddy B's and Human Race Sports.

For more information, call the Orland Park Police Department's non-emergency number at 708/349-4111.