On Sunday, Aug. 29, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and United Bikers of Maine will participate in the very first Torch Ride to benefit Special Olympics Maine.

The Torch Ride will be Maine’s first motorcycle ride that is 100 percent geared toward Special Olympics Maine. Created by Larry Hesseltine from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Torch Ride is sure to be a great success. Hesseltine is currently a participant in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maine. He raises money and awareness for more than 3,200 Maine citizens with intellectual disabilities who participate in the program. An avid biker, Hesseltine decided to go above and beyond the Torch Run by creating the Torch Ride.

The Torch Ride will begin in Rockland at the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and then go to Ellsworth and back to the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The ride will end with a cookout for everyone participating.

Registration can take place this week or on the day of the event from 8 to 9 a.m. The ride will depart for Ellsworth at 9:30 a.m. sharp. The registration fee is $25 per bike and $15 per passenger and this will include the cookout at the end. The first 100 riders to register will get a free Torch Ride T-shirt. T-shirts will also be available at registration the morning of the event (subject to availability).

Special Olympics is a year-round athletic training and competition program for persons with intellectual disabilities of all ages. In Maine there are more than 3,200 athletes who compete in the program. For more information on the Torch Ride contact Hesseltine at knoxcountysheriffsoffice.org and click on the Torch Ride link on the left.

For more information on Special Olympics Maine call Lisa Bird at 839-5578.