An expected 1,000 motorcycles will “Ride to the Tide” on April 22 to benefit Special Olympics Delaware.

Departure is 11:30 a.m. from Rommel Harley-Davidson, 450 Stadium St., Smyrna, where bikers begin arriving as early as 9:30 a.m. to enjoy pre-event festivities and camaraderie. The 55-mile ride will end at Jake’s Seafood House, 19178 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, where participants enjoy lunch compliments of Jake’s.

The 12th annual ride — which is police-escorted so there are no stops at lights — is sponsored by Delmarva Power and organized by the Delaware Blue Knights – Chapter 1. The ride is supported by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Delaware, Jake’s Seafood House, Rommel Harley Davidson, WBOC 16 and Fox 21 Delmarva.

“When the Blue Knights approached us with the idea of the ride more than a decade ago, we realized it was an opportunity to reach out to a group who we believed would embrace an event that involved their passion for riding motorcycles,” said Ann Grunert, executive director of Special Olympics Delaware. “They’ve not only embraced it, but what we’ve come to realize is that their true passion for participating is to support the 4,200 athletes who compete year-round in Special Olympics here in Delaware.”

A record 1,000 bikers and 404 passengers raised $60,000 in 2017. More than $297,000 has been raised in the ride’s 11-year history.

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