This past week, Dream Ride Day 2013 was announced. The official ride in Connecticut kicks off on August 25, while satellite locations are scheduled for August 23 and 24.

Starting in 2001, Dream Ride Day now involves participants from eight states with 26 locations, all riding for a single cause. While the 2012 event was canceled because of Hurricane Irene, $270,000 was still raised last year. As the weather is expected to be clear in 2013, Dream Ride Day is back to bring together a diverse group of volunteers, all celebrating the achievements of Special Olympics athletes. Since inception, the annual event for motorcycle and car enthusiasts has raised $1,385,000 total.

This year, Bozzuto’s and The Hometown Foundation are sponsoring, and Trantolo & Trantolo is a presenting sponsor. Funds from the event go to Special Olympic athletes in local communities.

One of the attractions surrounding Dream Ride Day is the Dream Cruise. For 2013, Papa’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is presenting this facet of the event. The Dream Cruise is a great opportunity for auto enthusiasts of all types to show off their cars, motorcycles, and rides and to drive into Dream Ride Day with a Special Olympics athlete.

Another aspect of Dream Ride Day 2013 is the partnership with The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness campaign. The organization includes 85,000 volunteers per year from 40 countries, 12 Canadian provinces, and all 50 U.S. states.

Starting satellite locations are all over Connecticut, including in Danbury, Branford, East Hartford, Groton, Bristol, New Britain, Ellington, and Guilford, with the main event occurring at The Farmington Club in Farmington. At The Farmington Club, registration starts at 9 a.m. and the ride officially starts at 11 a.m. Find all details here for the Dream Ride closest to you.