Team 26 will ride from Washington D.C. to Newtown, CT to raise awareness of gun violence


MORRISTOWN -- A 400-mile bicycle ride that will begin at the steps of the U.S. Capitol and continue to Newtown, CT will arrive to a welcome rally in front of Morristown’s Town Hall at 200 South Street on Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m.   The ride is being conducted by Team 26, a Newtown, CT-based organization, and aims  to raise awareness of gun violence. This welcoming rally will join in support of Team 26 as they ride through the last leg of their journey. Team 26 rider and emergency room physician Bill Begg, N.J. State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, gun violence survivor Charlene Hoverter and Mayor Tim Dougherty will be among the welcoming speakers on Saturday night. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the welcoming rally on Saturday night in Morristown, as well as the send off on Sunday morning.

Team 26 is an organization based in  Newtown, CT that started this ride from Washington in order to honor the lives of the 20 children and 6 teachers that passed away during the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.  Their goal is to raise awareness of the gun violence epidemic and to support common sense legislation to reduce gun violence.  

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Team 26 will depart Morristown the next morning, Sunday, May 7 at 8:30 a.m. with local cyclists riding behind a police escort as Team 26 makes its way home from the steps of Morristown’s Town Hall back to Newtown, CT.  Last year, over 50 local cyclists shaped an informal community support ride behind Team 26 and that number is expected to grow this year.

In their 5th annual ride, Team 26 is reversing their course to draw attention to Congress’ failure to represent the will of most Americans, including gun owners.  The riders will leave the Capitol on Thursday, May 4 and head towards Newtown, riding through states that are working towards a means to reduce gun violence. Team 26 will arrive in Newtown, CT on Sunday, May 7 after leaving from Morristown. Additional sponsors of Team 26 include Gays Against Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Million Mom March/Brady Campaign and Americans for Responsible Solutions.

“I am excited that Team 26 will be making a stop in Morristown and that we have the opportunity to support these riders, especially those from New Jersey, in their efforts to raise awareness against gun violence” said Mayor Dougherty.

For more information about Team 26 and their ride from Washington, visit www.team26.org