In the early morning
hours of April 1, 2007, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark lost their lives in the
line of duty.When Officers Clark and Shelton were killed, there
were funerals and grieving and collections of funds to benefit
the families of those officers. Yet, some people in the law
enforcement community still wanted to do more. We wanted to
do something physical in their honor – something
we could DO to honor Officers Shelton and Clark. So on May 9,
2007, four cyclists from CMPD, Mecklenburg County Sheriff's
Office, and Charlotte Airport Police got on bicycles and headed
out from CMPD Headquarters to ride 370 miles from Charlotte
to the National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial in Washington DC.
arrived at the Memorial after four days of tough riding. It
was a great trip – we felt the support of communities
along the way as we explained why we were cycling to honor our
fallen brothers. When we arrived at the National Law Enforcement
Memorial at Judiciary Square, we were greeted by families of
officers who had made the ultimate sacrifice. It was an incredibly
In the thirteen years
Bike to DC has made the ride from Charlotte to DC, participation
increased to over 100 riders and our mileage has increased
too - we now ride 500 miles in four days. Riders
in 2019 came from 21 law enforcement agencies across the USA.
Officers from as far away as Washington state came to join us
as we honored the fallen.
This year (2020)
we anticipate having over 100 riders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg
and beyond and increased interest from the communities we ride
through along the way. We will arrive in DC on Tuesday May 12
and attend the evening Candlelight Vigil at
the Memorial on Wednesday May 13. Attending this moving service
is the highlight of the ride.
ends in DC during Police
Week, a time set aside for the community to "Honor
the Service and Sacrifice of American Law Enforcement."
This is not an easy journey. There is little flat ground between
Charlotte and DC. But each officer is committed to complete
this ride in honor of not only Officers Shelton and Clark, but
for all those Law Enforcement officers who have made the ultimate
funds raised in excess of ride expenses are donated to the Charlotte's Finest Legacy Foundation, a well established organization
that provides scholarships for young people wishing to follow a career in law enforcement. .