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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Police Department's Annual Bike Ride for Special Olympics Illinois Returns August 26th

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ORLAND PARK, IL (July 23, 2018) --- The Orland Park Police Department's late summer bike ride to benefit Special Olympics Illinois returns Sunday, August 26 at 6:30 a.m. The ride begins and ends at Fattie’s Orland Park, 14420 John Humphrey Drive.


Pre-registration is available until Friday, August 24 and those registering by August 1 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 at http://www.orland-park.il.us/documentcenter/view/30332


"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 Pat Gira, 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 Fattie’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 or to the Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue. Cash, checks and credit cards may be used to register with checks made payable to Special Olympics Illinois.