BOSTON (WWLP) - More than 200 public safety officers and their supporters gave up their Saturday to honor two western Massachusetts police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
A bike marathon from Springfield to Boston, called the Ride to Remember.
22News was with the riders from start to finish.
(Some quotes are from unnamed riders and police officers who participated in the Ride to Remember)
“We're doing this ride for fallen officers. That's pretty much our focus today and that's what keeps us going.”
Don't think of riding your bike on the Mass Pike for this ride from Springfield to Boston. It wasn't flat.
"Physically it was hard.”
Filled with steep hills that had to be conquered with short breaks to get re-energized, more than 100 miles of terrain, covered in 10 hours.
"Exhausting, thrilling, millions of emotions."
This ride ended in Boston. Even though it technically started in Springfield the inspirations started well before that.
"Great men, both of them great men."
Kevin Ambrose, a Springfield police officer was killed in the line of duty in June 2012.
One month later, Westfield police officer Jose Torres was killed on the job.
Kevin Ambrose and Jose Torres weren't just cops. They were dads.
(There have been a lot of things done for your Dad, how is this one different? How will this one be memorable?)
“We haven't rode to Boston yet on a bike, that's one way it's different”, says Kyle Ambrose, the son of Kevin Ambrose.
Active in their communities and beloved by just about everyone they came across. That's why more than 200 riders made this trek across the Commonwealth.
(Why'd you do this today?)
“For Jose, for Jose.”
If this ride wasn't physically and emotionally draining enough; the final leg of the ride, from Hopkinton to Boston, was the Boston Marathon course.
“Last April, marathon day I ran, didn’t get to finish. So this is going to be nice to finish this route.”
Not everyone rode the entire distance, but almost everyone rode into Boston together.
"It's all brothers and sisters in blue and it's really neat to see everyone come together and support Kevin Ambrose and my Dad”, says Jay Torres, son of Jose Torres.
RIDE TO REMEMBER NOTES
203 Registered Riders
Started at 7am in Springfield
Completed at 5:15pm in Boston
Six rest stops (Palmer, Sturbridge, Charlton, Grafton, Ashland, Boston College)