FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s become known as one of the largest motorcycle events in Connecticut, the annual “Dream Ride.” All to raise money for Special Olympics.
The event, which started here in the state, has grown over the years. Now, it’s gone global. For the last 13 years the annual “Dream Ride” has attracted thousands of motorcycle riders and this year was no different.
“We had aspirations but it’s grown much quicker than we ever thought it would be,” said Michael Bozzuto, founder.
Michael Bozzuto is the founder of the event, which raises money for Special Olympics. In fact, since 2001 the event has raised more than $2.2 million.
“It means great opportunities for athletes and compete in sports and take part in opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Debbie Horne, Special Olympics CT.
This event draws people from near and far, many of those there Sunday raised money for the cause and travel to Connecticut from 12 different states along the east coast.
What’s even more impressive, Special Olympic athletes and riders even come from Canada and Australia. Jason Nelson is part of a group who made the 10,000 mile journey from Sydney to Farmington.
“We had to write a 25 question of why we wanted to come over here to dream ride and we did that and five of us got chosen and it’s just wonderful,” said Jason Nelson, Sydney, Australia.
And soon a dream ride, modeled after the one in Connecticut will start in Australia, all to help Special Olympics in the land down under.
Of course the dream ride is also about those on four wheels described as luxury, exotic and vintage. All of it, part of a draw that’s made this event a success, every year.
“We always say no matter what you give, you get more here, and it’s true. This year for me alone I can tell you from when we started in Florida to here I’ve been on a high watching these athletes and seeing the excitement and enthusiasm,” said Bozzuto.