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Eastern's Police Department Encourages Community to 'Ride for the Flame'

Written by Arielle Cotoia

Eastern's Police Department Encourages Community to 'Ride for the Flame'


Willimantic, Conn. - On June 26, Eastern Connecticut State University's police department, along with the Woodbridge Police Department, will participate in the second annual Ride for the Flame charity. The Ride for the Flame will begin and end at Whelen Engineering in Chester.

Ride for the Flame is a bicycle event created by Eastern Lt. Tom Madera and Sgt. Brian McCarthy of the Woodbridge Police Department to raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut. "This event is for a worthy cause," said Madera. "Last year, we raised more than $37,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut. We are very excited and confident in this year's event. We added a 10-mile family route and expanded our Public Safety competition. Zane's Cycle in Branford and Amity Bikes in Woodbridge will donate bikes as part a raffle. This is a fun-filled day for everyone, of any age and with any riding skill."

The 10- and 25-mile rides will take place along the Connecticut River. The 50-mile ride will take place along the river passing the Historic Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. The 100-mile ride will cover areas around the river including shore points of Essex and Goodspeed Opera House, Devil's Hop Yard State Park and Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam.

The public safety mountain bike competition will consist of individual and team

competitions on courses similar to skills the riders have mastered in police cycling certification


Registration is $50, which includes the official bike jersey for the event. For more information about registration dates and starting times for each ride, visit Persons interested in participating in these events should contact Officer Dave DeNunzio at or Sgt. Lisa Hamilton at or (860) 465-5310.


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