CT United Ride to rumble through Fairfield County

The 2017 CT United Ride is being held on Sunday, Sept. 10. The ride is the largest 9/11 tribute in Connecticut, and the largest fund-raiser for both fire and law enforcement in the state, according to Executive Director Fred Garrity of Trumbull. The event is rain or shine.

It will begin with a tribute ceremony in Norwalk featuring U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and other state of local officials. Riders from as far away as Virginia are expected to participate.

Garrity said participation could approach 5,000 riders, plus an additional 15,000 spectators lined up along the 10-town 60-mile motorcade through Fairfield County. In addition, more than 100 firetrucks and 24 aerial trucks holding 50-foot American flags over the roadway will line the route in each town.

On the day of the ride, gates open at 8:30 a.m. at Norden Industrial Park, 10 Norden Place, Norwalk. The opening ceremony begins at 10:30.

The ride is along a closed route through 10 towns and cities. Each municipality and the state DOT have granted a permit for the motorcycles, with up to 100 police escorts, to ride 60 miles in one continuous line. Motorists will have to wait for the entire motorcade. Motorcyclists are not allowed to join in as the motorcade passes. Escort police will be strictly enforcing this.

Riders can pre–register Saturday the day before the ride at Captains Cove Seaport in Bridgeport from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on ride day from 8:30 to 10:45 at the event. The cost is $25 per rider and $25 per passenger.

The route winds through Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield and Bridgeport, arriving in Seaside Park about 1:15. Starting at 10 Norden Place, the riders will proceed along Route 136 to Route 33 through Westport, to Route 7 in Wilton, to Route 107, to Route 58 in Redding, to Route 302 in Bethel, to Route 25 through Newtown and Monroe, to Main Street Trumbull, to Old Town Road, to Park Avenue through Bridgeport to Seaside Park.