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Ride of Hope Comes Through Germantown


A convoy of cyclists pedaled through Germantown today as part of the Ride of Hope. The six day, 400-mile journey took them through four states, from Utica, NY through Germantown, on route to Alexandria, Va.

The 42 riders are all raising awareness for missing and exploited children and each of the eight teams represents different children. After stopping at Wilson Wims Elementary School in Clarksburg, the team rode south down Frederick Road to the final destination for the day in Gaithersburg. Their ultimate destination will be the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

This year’s ride commemorates the 20th anniversary of the first ride to Washington DC. In 1995, seven men rode their bikes from Utica to Washington, DC in order to raise awareness about the plight of missing children and to bring a message of safety to the people they met along the way. They arrived on the Capitol steps on May 25, 1995, 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 with the same message of safety and awareness.

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