KENNEWICK -- If you ride a motorcycle in the Mid-Columbia, the Kennewick Police Department is looking for you -- for an afternoon of fun.
KPD officers, along with law enforcement officers across the state, are organizing the Aug. 28 Northwest Ride of Dreams to benefit Special Olympics of Washington.
Participants will start from five main locations scattered across Washington and meet at noon in Rotary Park in Ellensburg.
"The ride is a first for us, and the first in Washington state," said Kennewick Sgt. Randy Maynard. "It's patterned after rides in other states."
It's a new event, but just one of many fundraisers law enforcement officers, locally and nationwide, organize for Special Olympics. Some include the Red Robin Tip-A-Cop, the Torchlight Run and the Polar Plunge.
"The money raised by the ride will go to help the athletes and their families attend the Special Olympics events. It's all to support the athletes.
"Our goal is to gather 10,000 'cycles and cars in Ellensburg. At $30 per vehicle, that's $300,000 for Special Olympics. It's a lofty goal, but we do lofty," Maynard said. "If we have just half that number, it'll be huge."
Riders who want to make the run to Ellensburg can register at www.nwrideofdreams.org, or pick up a brochure at Full Throttle Motorcycle Accessories, 135 Vista Way, Kennewick. Volunteers also will be taking registrations from 7 to 9 a.m. the day of the ride.
Everyone participating in the Northwest Ride of Dreams will converge on Rotary Park in Ellensburg. There, from 1 to 5 p.m., they will be able to enjoy free displays of police S.W.A.T. equipment, a helicopter or two and other entertainment. Vendors selling motorcycles and equipment, food and beverages will also be on site.
Even if you don't ride a motorcycle, if you have a classic car, shine it up and drive to Ellensburg. The activities include a classic car show.
Cost for the Northwest Ride of Dreams is $30 per classic car or motorcycle. Participants get a T-shirt and goodie bag. There is no charge to attend the Ellensburg event.
The Full Throttle shop in Kennewick is the designated gathering place for motorcycle riders departing from the Tri-City area.
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