New England’s largest charity motorcycle ride, and the state’s biggest 9/11 tribute, will roll through area towns this Sunday, Sept. 8. About 4,000 motorcycles are expected to join the event.
The 13th annual CT United Ride, organized by Trumbull resident Fred Garrity, is a 10-town, 60-mile ride that will go from Norwalk to Bridgeport with police escort, ending in a celebration at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.
The motorcyclists will pass through Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Georgetown, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield and Bridgeport. Spectators are encouraged to line up along the route to cheer on riders and honor the fallen.
The ride is sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut. Last year, about 2,300 riders gathered in Bridgeport for the food and entertainment and about 10,000 spectators cheered them on along the way.
Opening ceremony in Norwalk
The opening ceremony of the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Norden Industrial Park in Norwalk. The ceremony includes a Connecticut state firefighters pipe and drum corps, a moment of silence and a ceremony by Norwalk Fire Department, honoring the fallen.
Motorcyclists may register Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Captain’s Cove Seaport, Bridgeport, or they can register the day of the ride from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Norden Industrial Park.
See ctunitedride.com for directions and details. The registration fee is $25 per rider and $25 per passenger. The money goes to Connecticut firefighters, Connecticut law enforcement, and two local United Ways.
Hanging American flags along the route
In each town and city, the local fire department is hanging American flags over the route and riders and spectators are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.
For more information visit ctunitedride.com or search CT United Ride on Facebook.