Video, photo gallery: Buddy Roe’s Special Olympics benefit ride

Organizer Buddy Roe rides for his niece, Lisa

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By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — A few hours before the start of the 5th annual Bike Ride for Richmond County Special Olympics, organizer Buddy Roe was confident there’d be a solid turnout of riders.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Buddy Roe, right, leads the pack of 51 bikers in the 5th annual Bike Ride for Richmond County Special Olympics on Saturday in Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Buddy Roe, right, leads the pack of 51 bikers in the 5th annual Bike Ride for Richmond County Special Olympics on Saturday in Rockingham.

He was right. More than four dozen rode in the event started by Roe, who rides to honor his niece, Lisa Horner. Roe said Horner benefited greatly from Richmond County Special Olympics and when the organization indicated funds were needed, it was only natural for him to help.

“She enjoyed it so much,” Roe said as the group stopped at Castlewood Park on Ledbetter Road before riding to The Sports Connection in Hamlet, then the V.F.W. in Rockingham and back to Buddy Roe’s on Billy Covington Road. “It’d give her something to do,” Roe said, who struggled in similar ways as she did.

When asked for help, “I said, ‘well, I’ll see what I can do.'”

The result is an annual ride comprised of riders that form a group one can’t help but admire — and notice, by the sound of the line of motorcycles.

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