The Annual Syracuse Ride for Missing Children is Friday, Sept 26, 2014

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Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children is a 100-mile ride made by bicycle riders or "Friends of Missing Children" that raises funds to support prevention education programs and to remember all missing children. More than 2,000 children are reported missing in the United States each day*, some in our own community. For most families, this is only a brief scare as the child turns up in a few minutes or hours. But for some, the nightmare of a missing child becomes a grim reality. NCMEC's mission is to help recover missing children, protect all children from sexual exploitation, and assist in the prevention of these crimes.

Funds raised by the Syracuse Ride for Missing Children remain in the local community to provide case assistance and spearhead prevention education services across upstate New York.

During 2012 NCMEC/NY:

  • Distributed 541,596 posters of missing children
  • Assisted in the recovery of 1,577 children through poster distribution and case assistance
  • Distributed over 1,216,645 pieces of prevention education literature
  • Conducted 868 education programs with 117,749 participants
  • Coordinated 83 child identification programs with 7,662 children and adults
  • Participated in 16 regional conferences for 2,320 attendees

This is not a race..... We ride together as a Team -  averaging between 14-16 mph over the entire course escorted by members of the New York State Police, local police and sheriff's departments.  This means traffic is halted for the riders!. Our destinations along the route are designated schools where our arrival is the highlight of a safety education program that has been attended by the children of each school.  Imagine the impression the riders  make on the school children as they see over 100 bicycle riders, riding 2x2 escorted by several police cars with lights flashing and sirens blaring! The visits are electrifying as hundreds of children and adults cheer the riders as they enter the school grounds.

The Syracuse Ride for Missing Children is just one of several rides sponsored by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - New York Branch . To learn more about other rides, the history of The Ride for Missing Children, and NCMEC-NY, please visit

Thank you in advance for helping us make our children safer, one child at a time.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity and publicly supported organization as defined in sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Federal ID #52-1328557. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

*As reported by David Finkelhour, Heather Hammer, Andrea J. Sedlak, and Dana J. Schultz in "National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview," National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children, Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 5, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing in 1999. Thus an average of 2,184 children are reported missing each day.