In 1995, a group of 7 men rode their bicycles from Utica, New York to Washington, D.C.
They arrived on the Capitol steps on May 25th, the first National Missing Children’s Day. Two years later, inspired by that first ride, a group of 43 riders rode their bicycles 100 miles from Albany, NY to Utica, NY to bring awareness for the plight of missing children and to bring a message of safety to the people they met along the way.
The purpose of the Ride For Missing Children (The Ride) is:
- To honor the memory of all missing children.
- To raise public awareness of the plight of all missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education.
- To raise funds to support the missing children poster distribution, community education for the prevention of child abduction and sexual exploitation.
The Ride for Missing Children has grown steadily with over 450 Rider participants every year. There are now five rides in New York State – Utica (CNY), Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo and Albany (Capital District) along with a ride in Texas.
The Ride For Missing Children is a one-day, approximately 90 mile bike ride that stops at schools along our route to bring a message of safety.
All participating riders make a vow to raise a minimum of $500 and to support the mission and goals of The Ride and NCMEC-NY/MV. Each Rider wears a pin of a missing child that they are riding for. It becomes very personal.
This event is as emotionally draining as it is physical, but so rewarding. It is about raising awareness of what we can do to help stop child predators and bring missing kids back to somewhere safe. It raises needed funds to help distribute posters of missing children and support the mission of NCMEC-NY/MV.
What participants learn immediately is that this event is “not about a bike ride”.
It is about raising awareness and spreading a message of prevention and of hope – that this group will never stop searching for your missing child. It is about a mission “to make our children safer …one child at a time”. The bicycles are simply a vehicle to help carry the message along.