Officers Riding Bikes From CLT To DC Make Stop In Triad

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 500-mile cycling tour, honoring fallen police officers, made a stop in the Triad Saturday.

More than 70 officers from 21 agencies, and several states, started their trip from Charlotte to Washington, DC, Friday. Saturday morning, the officers stopped in downtown Greensboro.

WFMY News 2 caught up with a Greensboro police officer riding with the group on the four-day trip.

Officer C.S. Schneider, a nine-year veteran of the department, is riding a bike made just for the journey. He designed and built the bike with David Johnson, owner of Sarif Cycle Worx. The bike's color scheme and logo are meant to honor police officers, both living and fallen.

Schneider was also one of the officers to lay a wreath at the Guilford County Law Enforcement Memorial at Governmental Plaza downtown.

After stopping in Greensboro Saturday, the officers will head to Gibsonville and South Boston, VA. The trip will end May 12 in Washington, DC, where officers will attend a candlelight vigil May 13.

This is the eighth year of the honorary bike ride. It started in 2007 with four Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers who rode 370 miles to honor two officers killed in the line of duty.

Before the cyclists made it to Greensboro, more than 200 people honored officers and supported the Special Olympics ahead of national Police Memorial Week.

The 24th annual Law Enforcement 5K kicked off early Saturday morning in downtown Greensboro.

Police departments across the country, are the primary sponsors of the Special Olympics. Throughout the year, officers host events like the Law Enforcement 5K and "Cops on Top," to raise money for the organization.

Greensboro's Law Enforcement 5K raises money specifically for North Carolina athletes.


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