The Orland Park Police Bike Patrol leads the department’s annual ride to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. The leisurely paced 14.4-mile ride will take place Aug. 25. Information: (708) 349-4111. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 12, 2013 6:02AM
The Orland Park Police Department will hold its annual bicycle ride for Special Olympics Illinois on Aug. 25.
Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the ride begins at 8 a.m., departing from and returning to the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Ave.
“The Orland Park Police Department is a great supporter of Special Olympics Illinois, participating in fundraising events throughout the year,” Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin said in a news release. “Bike riders look forward to the August ride because it’s a nicely paced, scenic Sunday morning trip through and around Orland Park.”
The 14.4-mile course runs through Old Orland and connects with the Tinley Creek Forest Preserve Trails. A water stop is held midway through the ride, which is not a race.
Refreshments and a complimentary breakfast buffet with soft drinks and coffee will be available at the Civic Center after the ride.
Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy said everyone remains together as a group during the ride and participants are expected to wear bicycle helmets.
Pre-registration is available for ages 12 and older until 5 p.m. Aug. 23 at the police department, 15100 S. Ravinia Ave., and at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave. The cost is $20 per person.
Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Illinois. Registration will also be available at the event, and forms can be printed from the village website by visiting www.orland-park.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/22405.
All proceeds benefit Special Olympics Illinois.
For information, call (708) 349-4111.