Bike Ride Backs Wounded Warriors
By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
The public is invited to join more than 100 people in the annual Rosemont Public Safety Department Wounded Warrior Project 18-mile “Soldier Ride” this Friday, June 26.
The ride will wind its way through Rosemont, Des Plaines, Park Ridge and Chicago’s Northwest side beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Rosemont Fire Department, 5800 River Rd. Local residents can join in the ride or cheer along the route.
According to event organizer Rosemont Public Safety Sgt. Lyle Richmond, nearly 60 village safety officers and volunteers will join with 72 members of the Wounded Warriors, 40 caregivers and 15 members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police for the ride and other events that day.
Richmond, a 13-year veteran of the Rosemont Public Safety Department, said bike riders will meet at the firehouse on River at 8:30 a.m before heading out.
The route, which is basically a loop through several communities, begins with a left turn from the Rosemont Fire Station north onto River Road to Higgins where riders will head west to Scott Street and wind through Rosemont’s gated community.
They’ll head back out onto Higgins to River then north to Algonquin where the ride turns east into Park Ridge.
Along Talcott and eventually Dee Road, riders will pass Maine South High School continuing on Dee to where it turns in East River Road at the Chicago border. From there, they’ll head south to Cumberland and Forest Preserve Drive before turning east on Belmont back to River Road.
At River Road, the ride makes its way back to Rosemont and eventually the Ballpark at Rosemont, at the end of Pearl Street, where lunch will be waiting.
“We’re treating the Wounded Warriors group and our team to lunch at the ballpark before we begin our baseball competition,” Richmond said. “What’s great is that we will be host to almost 20 additional Wounded Warriors this year compared to last year.”
Next, the Rosemont and Cook County group will play the warriors in a baseball game from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The day of events ends with a barbecue for participants to be held at the River Road firehouse beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“The whole day is a lot of fun,” Richmond said. “Everyone is invited to join us for the bike ride or cheer on the Wounded Warriors along the route or watch the baseball game. We’re very pleased to be a part of this project to help those who have served their country and their families.”
Richmond said there will be police escorts throughout the bike ride. This is the second year Rosemont has participated.
The Wounded Warriors program offers support to veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.