Joe's Ride and Stride
Joe's Ride

General Information

Joe's Ride was established as a way to keep the memory of Joe Sanford, along with all the children of the local community, who have passed away, in our hearts and minds. Joe was a brave and inspiring ten-year-old Olney boy who courageously battled brain cancer for three years before passing away on June 19, 2002. Joe always thought of others, and that is why this event is dedicated to all of the children who have passed away and their families.

When:April 30, 2022
Where:Oakdale Emory Church
3425 Emory Church Road
Olney, MD 20832
Events & Times:7:00 am - 45K Challenge Ride (approximately 28 miles)
7:00 am - 30K Bike Ride (approximately 18 miles)
7:45 am - Remembrance Ceremony
8:00 am - 10K Family Bike Ride (approximately 6 miles)
8:00 am - 5K Stride (a leisurely 3-mile walk)
9:00 am - Children's bike rodeo
There is food, dancing, and fun for everyone!*!*!*!

At the Ride staging area, the Joe's Ride - Remembering Olney's Kids banner is displayed and we invite, encourage, and welcome any family who has lost a child to sign the child's name on the banner as both a tribute and a memorial. We will have a brief, yet touching, remembrance ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Please contact Betsy ( or Russ Sanford ( or call 301-758-3087 to discuss any particulars about memorializing a child.

Bike Route:

Click here to view the map for Joe's Ride.

Directions to Oakdale Emory Church

From the north (Brookeville, Sunshine, Howard County): From the intersection of Route 97 (Georgia Ave.) and Route 108 (Olney-Laytonsville-Sandy Spring Rd.) in the center of Olney, go 2 miles south on Georgia Ave/Rt 97 and turn left at the flashing light onto Emory Church Rd.

From the south (Aspen Hill, Wheaton, Silver Spring): Take Georgia Avenue north to the intersection of Route 28 (Norbeck Rd.). Continue north on Georgia Ave/Rt.97 for 1 mile and turn right at the flashing light onto Emory Church Rd.

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