The 13th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 8.
The ride starts in Norwalk at 11:30 am and goes through Fairfield County, ending in Bridgeport with an afternoon party at the beach. Motorcycles travel through 11 towns, covering 60 miles with police motorcycle escorts providing passage through signal lights and stop signs, before ending with a five-mile parade through Bridgeport.
The route brings riders, and in many cases passengers, into Newtown via Route 302 from Bethel. Riders follow Route 302 to its intersection with Route 25, and then travel south, heading into Monroe. Roadways are closed or travel is significantly limited while the motorcycles are passing through.
In all 11 towns visited by the ride, fire departments display American flags over the roadway.
In Newtown, members of Dodgingtown and Hawleyville companies are stationed near Dodgingtown’s fire station at 55 Dodgingtown Road; Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook members are near Amaral Motors, at 40 South Main Street; and Botsford Fire Rescue members are right at their station, 315 South Main Street.
Registration Still Open
Riders are still welcome to join this year’s event. Registration can be done on Saturday, September 7, between 11 am and 4 pm, at Captain’s Cove Marina, Bostwick Avenue in Bridgeport.
Final registrations will also be accepted on Sunday morning, between 8 and 10:30 am, at 10 Norden Place in Norwalk.
Cost is $25 per rider, and $25 per passenger. The event is a fundraiser, with proceeds divided between Connecticut firefighters and law enforcement, and two United Way agencies.