(INDIANAPOLIS) - Today marks the kickoff of the 10th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors Bicycle Ride across Indiana.
Some 53 cyclists will leave downtown Indianapolis for Greenfield on the first leg of their trek. The event lasts 13 days and will cover nearly one thousand miles statewide.
This year, the event is sponsored by the newly formed Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation. The group is made up of retired police officers and friends of law enforcement. Proceeds benefit surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty.
Indiana State Police Lt. Gary Dudley started the ride back in 2003. Dudley and retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin later died while taking part in the ride in August 2006. That's when a large box truck smashed into a vehicle following the bikers on State Road 63 near Perrysville.
Currently, police across Indiana carry on Lt. Dudley's mission. A departure ceremony is slated for for 9 a.m. Monday at the Law Enforcement/Firefighter Memorial outside the Indiana Government Center in Downtown Indy.
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