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Bikers don tutus for ride to support Special Olympics

Bikers don tutus for ride to support Special Olympics

Mill Valley Police Officer Ian Maddison (left) poses for a picture with two Special Olympics athletes at a tutu making party held Oct. 8 at the Berkeley Police Department.

POSTED October 15, 2010 9:19 p.m.

The tough guy and stoic image of the motorcyclist is taking a back seat for two days as riders around California don pink tutus for a charity ride benefiting the Special Olympics organization in Northern California.

Dubbed “The Tutu Ride for Special Olympics,” the ride is being led by police officers and sheriff’s deputies from around the state in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. The riders will be traveling 500 miles Monday and Tuesday and are hoping members of the motorcycle-riding public will join them.

“We want to do whatever we can to catch the attention of people so we can help our Special Olympics athletes,” said Officer Brandon Smith of the Berkeley Police Department, who helped organize the event. “These athletes are completely nonjudgmental, open to giving you their hearts no matter who you are, and they are so appreciative. I hope more officers, and the public join us for part of this ride to Southern California.” 

All participants can opt for a one day ride with several different entry points. Riders receive a black commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt and lunch provided at the San Jose stop. Riders are encouraged to continue with an overnight stop in San Luis Obispo and receive a hot breakfast before continuing on to Long Beach. To register, visit

Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. More than 13,000 athletes compete in over 170 competitions throughout the region in 12 sports. Programs are free to all eligible athletes.


The motorcycle ride is open to the public and those riding will be encouraged to wear a tutu or attach tutu material to their motorcycle. The ride kicks off at 8 a.m. at the California Peace Office Memorial on 10th Street and Capitol Mall in Sacramento on Monday and makes stops in Livermore, San Jose, Soledad and San Luis Obispo before stopping at the Long Beach Convention Center Tuesday evening for the 2010 Law Enforcement Torch Run International Convention for Special Olympics.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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