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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Orland Park Police Host Annual Bicycle Ride to Benefit Special Olympics

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The Orland Park Police Department’s late summer bike ride to benefit Special Olympics Illinois returns Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 a.m. The ride begins and ends at Gatto’s Orland Park, 8800 West 143rd Street.

Pre-registration is available until July 31 and those meeting the deadline are guaranteed ride t-shirts. Registration forms are available at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, at the Police Station, and on the village's website.

“The police department bike ride is a great event --- it’s a beautiful ride through Orland Park and some of the forest preserves and it’s for a great cause,” said Orland Park Village Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Public Safety Committee.

The 14.4-mile course will travel through Orland Park 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.

Refreshments will be available and a complimentary breakfast buffet with soft drinks and coffee will be available at Gatto's after the ride.

"Each summer, people ask when the ride will be held because it's an annual favorite," said Chief Tim McCarthy. "It's not a race. It's leisurely paced and everyone remains together as a group," the chief said, adding that all participants are expected to wear bicycle helmets.

Completed registration forms must be returned to the Orland Park Police Department, 15100 South Ravinia Avenue. Cash, checks and credit cards may be used to register with checks made payable to Special Olympics Illinois.

Registration will also be available the day of the event. Ron Kus, who serves as a telecommunications officer for the police department, coordinates the department's Special Olympics fundraising efforts.

"The bike patrol leads the group and we stop midway through for a water break. All of the proceeds are given to Special Olympics Illinois,” Kus said. “It's a great event and we welcome everyone.”

The ride is open to those ages 12 and older and the cost is $25 per person. The Orland Park Police Ride is co-sponsored by Gatto's Orland Park, the Orland Park Law Enforcement Organization, Silver Lake Country Club and the Orland Park Lions Club.

Check-in /registration begin at 6:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 7:30 a.m., departing from and returning to Gatto's Orland Park at 8801 West 143rd Street.

Questions may be directed to rkus@orlandpark.org or by leaving a voice mail at 708/364-4925.

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