There are three route options for the ride: 100 km (62 miles), 50 km (31 miles), and 25 km (12 miles), so the routes should be fine for most riders of any ability. Each of the routes will leave Amesbury and travel though southern New Hampshire/Seacoast region and end in Amesbury. There will be a post-ride get-together hosted by the Amesbury restaurants Ale House, Barking Dog and Firehouse BBQ.
Team New England is a cycling charity team made of police officers from the northeast. Each year riders from Team New England ride with Law Enforcement United (LEU), joining with more than 250 other riders, who are all police officers or survivors of a law enforcement line of duty death. These riders ride 250 miles in three days, each in honor of a law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty.
The mission of LEU is to bring awareness to the public of the hazards of law enforcement and the sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of the law enforcement officers. LEU raises much needed funds for two groups: Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) and Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP.org). LEU does this by requiring that each rider raise at least $1,250 and support members raise $695 each year. This Metric Century will assist Team New England riders in meeting those goals.
COPS is made up of survivors of law enforcement line of duty death and provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Furthermore, COPS provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.
ODMP.org is a website that acts as an archival resource and living memorial to U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since the first recorded death in 1790. ODMP.org was founded in 1996 by Chris Cosgriff, who at the time was a James Madison University freshman. Cosgriff had read a Washington Post article about the release of a murderer, convicted of slaying two Prince George's County, Md., police officers. Upon learning that this violent criminal who had taken the lives of two of America's finest served only 16 years for this heinous act, Cosgriff was compelled to find a way to honor these and other fallen officers. Thus, the Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc. (ODMP) was created.
In 2011 LEU donated $135,000 to COPS and $50,000 to ODMP.org. LEU is a registered, nonprofit organization made of entirely of volunteers. The tax identification number or LEU is 27-0743821.
Team New England encourages preregistration for the event on BikeReg.com or by linking to the registration through the website www.teamneleu.com. Team New England is also grateful for local business and community group support and is seeking additional support for this event. Volunteers are also needed on Sept. 10 to make this event as successful and safe as possible.
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