BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of motorcyclists participated in the first-ever Boston Marathon Motorcycle Ride on Sunday to support the Jimmy Fund and honor slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.
The event began at 11:30 a.m. in Hopkinton, with the motorcyclists tracing the route of the Boston Marathon and crossing the finish line in Back Bay near the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The riders continued to Cambridge, where there was a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Collier, then concluded the event at the Lowell Pavilion in Lowell.
Members of the Collier family and MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue took part in the wreath-laying ceremony. Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are accused of shooting Collier to death at the MIT campus soon after the bombings. Donohue was shot and nearly died after being involved in a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in Watertown.
Collier and Donohue had been roommates during their police academy training.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports
The Boston Marathon Motorcycle Ride cost participants $35 per motorcycle and $10 per passenger. All proceeds are going to the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in honor of Collier.
The riders were hoping to raise $25,000.