Ride For Missing Children Preview

By Kody Fisher

Published 05/15 2014 11:26PM

Updated 05/15 2014 11:27PM

This year is the eighteenth ride for missing children and for one local rider it’s his first year and he's really looking forward to it.

"I'm just excited as a first time rider. I've met some great people," said Scot Hayes.

As a first time rider Scot Hayes says he had to commit to a lot of training.

"There were a lot of Saturday and Sunday mornings where it was thirty four degrees and you had to wear ski gloves, so the training was little difficult because of mother nature, but we all managed to get our training rides in, our commitment rides," said Hayes.

The importance of the ride is known by not only the adults, but also the kids at the seventeen schools the ride will go by tomorrow.

“I think it’s definitely not nice to steal kids," said Ava Hayes.

A few of the schools is the Sequiot valley schools.

"The best part is probably just watching them drive by. We always look out," said Connor Hayes.

Each rider is asked to raise five hundred dollars.  That money goes toward the creation of missing person posters.

"It’s just a phenomenal group of passionate people that feel very strongly about protecting our children in this community,” said Scot Hayes.

The ride begins tomorrow morning in Oneida and the finish line is in New Hartford. since 1995 the organization has distributed over 8.5 million posters of over 8,500 kids.  Over 6,000 of those kids were successfully found.

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