Tour De Force charity bike ride takes pit stop in Boynton Beach
12:17 PM, Apr 15, 2013
3:56 PM, Apr 15, 2013
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- Hundreds of people are riding their bikes up the Florida coast for a good cause.
It's part of the Tour De Force charity bike ride.
Law enforcement agents from across the state started the ride in Miami and are traveling to Daytona Beach.
That's a 270 mile trip.
This is the 16
th year for the event, which raises money for families of fallen law enforcement officers.
The group took a pit stop in Boynton Beach Monday morning. Brenda St. Laurent, wife of fallen Jupiter Officer Bruce St. Laurent, came to cheer on the bicyclists.
She said she was too upset to talk on camera, but was very supportive of those biking up the coast.
Her husband died last year when he was hit by a car while on his motorcycle during a motorcade for the president.
Craig Catlin, president of the Tour De Force, says he's been with the charity ride since 1997.
He says the 270 mile trip is worth the time and energy for those families it supports.
Catlin says, "Most of the time it's the breadwinner that was killed in the line of duty, so at least we can give something back to the family, to take away the stress of a payment, a mortgage payment, something that they're worried about. And we're here to support them."