ILION – Hundreds of cyclists took part in the 2019 Ride for Missing Children Friday, bicycling an 80-mile route from Oneida to Ilion and back to New Hartford. As it’s most easterly point on the ride route, the group made a 40-minute stop at Barringer Road Elementary School, where they were greeted by cheering spectators, before heading west once more.
Starting in 1995, The ride seeks to honor the memory of all missing children, raise public awareness of the plight of missing and exploited children and to raise awareness about the need for child safety education. That initial ride was made by seven cyclists who travelled from Utica to Washington, D.C., in honor of Sara Anne Wood, who went missing from the Sauquoit area Aug. 18, 1993.
Two years later, some 200 cyclists made a ride from Albany to Utica to raise awareness. In recent years the ride has grown to include 500 riders, 150 volunteers, 50 family members of missing children and thousands of spectators and supporters across the Mohawk Valley.