Nearly 80 riders on the Police Unity Tour passed through Centreville Saturday morning, as they completed the last phase of a 220-mile bike ride from Richmond to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-five Fairfax County Police Officers were on the ride, and near the front was Kevin Whalen, a Centreville resident and senior special agent for the Treasury Department. A couple dozen supporters waited in front of the restaurant on Lee Highway to show their support for the riders and for Whalen, . Ringing cowbells and carrying signs with messages like, "We <3 Kev," the small crowd cheered the riders on as they made their way up the steep hill.
"Coming through Centreville was incredible," . "So many of my friends, neighbors and relatives, and my Boy Scouts with flags waving, from Route 29 near the rock quary, to the top of Centreville. I couldn't help yelling out 'You can do it,' 'We can do it,' 'We did it.' I had so many goosebumps it was numbing."
Whalen shared his progress as he made his way along the tour. Check out his previous posts to read about the ride, in his own words: