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October 15, 2010 > Cops and Tutus

Cops and Tutus

Submitted By Kirsten Cherry

So much for the tough guy motorcycle image. If you happen to see a bunch of burly law enforcement officers and their friends dressed in leathers and PINK tutus riding motorcycles somewhere on the highways between Sacramento, the Bay Area and Long Beach next week don't be alarmed. Just know they would go to almost any lengths to raise awareness and funds for the athletes of Special Olympics Northern California.

The motorcycle ride is being spearheaded by the City of Berkeley Police Department, the City of San Jose Police Department and deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Dubbed "The Tutu Ride for Special Olympics," officers and deputies representing several police agencies, are hoping members of the motorcycle-riding public will join them and maybe even wear a tutu for the ride.

"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. "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."

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, Oct 18 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 register, visit 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.

Special Olympics Northern California is a free year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Programs are free to all eligible athletes. Visit

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the official name of a large, global grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle which raises more than $34 million worldwide to benefit Special Olympics athletes. The Tutu Ride is just one of many special events created and supported by local law enforcement agencies.

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