Who can participate as a rider?
Membership to this organization is open to all full or part time sworn law enforcement officers, whether active or retired. Immediate family members of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty (survivors) may also participate as a rider. All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
Who can participate as a member of the Support Team?
Support Team members must be an active or retired law enforcement officer, an immediate family member of an active or retired law enforcement officer, survivor or sponsored by a current rider. Civilians 18 years of age or older, who are employed or affiliated with law enforcement agencies and related organizations or possess specific training or skills required to safely and effectively assist the organization may also apply.
What are the dates of the Police Unity Tour?
It is necessary for you to arrive in Richmond on May 9th. The actual bicycle ride begins on the morning of May 10th at approximately 7:00 am. We ride through the afternoon of May 12th. A Police Unity Tour arrival ceremony is held on the afternoon of May 12th at the Memorial. The NLEOMF’s Annual Candlelight Vigil is held on the evening of May 13th. Members should plan on attending this ceremony.
How much does it cost to participate?
Each member (rider and support), must raise a minimum of $1,750.00. Members must pay a non-refundable $125 registration fee. $75 of that fee will be the first $75 towards your fundraising goal.
Do I need to make a hotel reservation?
No, we will make the hotel reservations and cover the hotel expenses for May 9th through May 13th. Members who are from the Northern Virginia/Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area and have the ability to commute to the Memorial will not have their hotels covered for May 12th and 13th.
How do I obtain a uniform?
Uniform orders are done online after registration is completed and approved. A dedicated contact from Chapter IV will serve as the Uniform Coordinator and answer any questions you may have.
How far is the route?
The route begins on the western edge of Richmond, goes to Charlottesville, Warrenton, and ending in Washington, D.C. The mileage is approximately 230 miles. This is a challenging route, with many hills. It is not for novice or first time riders.
What is the pace?
You should train or be comfortable riding approximately 15 miles per hour. Hill training should be part of your preparation routine. This is NOT a flat route.
Is there an airport near the hotel in Richmond?
Yes, Richmond International Airport. www.airport-richmond.com
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
You are generally responsible for your own arrangements to the hotel in Richmond. Chapter IV assists out of town members with rides from the airport to the hotel on May 9th.
How do I get back from Washington, D.C. after the ride and the Candlelight Vigil is over?
You are responsible for your own transportation arrangements. This applies both to those who will be returning home from the Memorial after the arrival ceremony and those staying in Washington, D. C. on the nights of May 12th and 13th.