Boone Police to host 469-mile bicycle ride for Special Olympics

- For the fifth consecutive year, the Boone Police Department is organizing a fundraiser to benefit North Carolina's Special Olympics athletes. 

The fundraiser, a six-day, 469-mile bicycle ride along the entire Blue Ridge Parkway begins Saturday, August 18, and will help raise funding and awareness for Special Olympics North Carolina. 

Joining the Boone Police will be the Watauga Democrat, Stepping Stone Addiction Treatment Center, ASU students, and about a dozen members of the Boone community. 

Since 1987, law enforcement officers across North Carolina have worked to raise money for Special Olympics. Last year they raised over 1.2 million dollars through t-shirt sales, corporate donations, and fundraising. The Boone Police Department raised $27,000 of the total amount last year, according to a statement released by the police department. 

Police say the cycling event has become a notable fundraiser within the state. The money raised provides opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities to receive year-round training activities and helps funds the cost of the annual games. 

For more information about the event or to help sponsor, contact Captain Andy LeBeau with Boone Police at 828-268-6900.

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