CT United Ride rolls through town this Sunday

New England’s largest charity motorcycle ride, and the state’s biggest 9/11 tribute is rolling through town this Sunday, Sept. 8.

About 4,000 motorcycles are expected.

The 13th annual CT United Ride, organized by Trumbull resident Fred Garrity, is an 10-town, 60-mile ride that will go from Norwalk to Bridgeport with police escort, ending in a celebration at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. The ride passes through Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Georgetown, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield and Bridgeport. Spectators are encouraged to line up along the route to cheer on riders and honor the fallen.

The ride is sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of Connecticut. Last year, about 2,300 riders gathered in Bridgeport for the food and entertainment and about 10,000 spectators cheered them on along the way.

The opening ceremony of the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Norden Industrial Park in Norwalk. The ceremony includes a Connecticut State Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corp, a moment of silence and a ceremony by Norwalk Fire Department, honoring the fallen.

Motorcyclists may register Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Captain’s Cove Marina, in Bridgeport or can register the day of the ride, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Norden Industrial Park.

See ctunitedride.com for directions and details. The registration fee is $25 per rider and $25 per passenger. The money goes to Connecticut firefighters, Connecticut law enforcement, and two local United Ways.

In each town and city, the local fire department is hanging American flags over the route and riders and spectators are encouraged to don red, white and blue.


The CT United Ride will be traveling through Trumbull around midday, according to police. The ride will travel into Trumbull from Monroe on Route 25 south, then tum south onto Route 111, before heading into Bridgeport.

Motorists should expect road closures and significant delays along this route from about 12 noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Trumbull Police said.

For more information visit ctunitedride.com or search CT United Ride on Facebook.