Capital District Ride for Missing Children

Friday, September 29, 2017

Benefiting National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Welcome to the 10th Annual Ride For Missing Children-Capital District. 

All participating Riders make a vow to raise a minimum of $300 and to support the mission and goals of The Ride and NCMEC-NY.

To get ready for the approximately 100 mile bike ride, preparations and training happen year round. There are monthly meetings for Riders and Volunteers to understand the importance of why we Ride, and conduct Ride business like having the right cycling apparel, ensuring all safety precautions are met, learning how to prepare both mentally and physically, as well as garner fundraising tips.

What participants learn immediately is that this event is "not about a bike ride". It is about raising awareness of the plight of missing children, and spreading a message of abduction prevention and of hope – that this group will never stop searching for your missing child. It is about a mission "to make our children safer …one child at a time". The bicycles are simply a vehicle to help carry the message along.

Many people ask why we do not begin and end the Ride from the same place. It represents an open path, rather than a closed loop. This open path signifies that our work is never done. That we will always have hope and will never stop searching for your missing child.

This event is as emotionally draining as it is physical, but so rewarding. It is about raising awareness of what we can do to help stop child predators and bring missing kids back to somewhere safe. It raises needed funds to help distribute posters of missing children and support the mission of NCMEC-NY. Each Rider wears a pin of a missing child that they are Riding for. It becomes very personal.

Our local Center: NCMEC-NY/Capital Region creates and distributes posters of missing children locally, natioanally as well into Mexico and Canada.