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By Al Novack and Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Overcast skies didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of over 2,000 bikers helping to raise money for charities that help the children of fallen firefighters and police officers.

The 27th annual Tour de Shore, sponsored by Philadelphia’s Irish Pub, kicked off on Sunday morning.

“There are different organizations that do all different things, but it is all about the children,” explains John Gallagher, of the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation.

The more than 2,000 cyclists riding in the event are police, firefighters and civilians.

One of the largest team’s participating is called “Wheels of Justice,” and it’s led by Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman.

“Those dollars are critical. They are critically needed for our fallen heroes and to support children’s charities in southeastern Pennsylvania and south Jersey,” she says.

Ferman has participated in this event for the past six years.

“We are riding in solidarity in support of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” she adds.

Congressman Pat Meehan came out to show his support. He plans to ride next year.

“I started to cycle a little bit more this year, and I’m trying to work my way up. So I think next year, the time may be better. You know you always say, ‘Next year?’ But legitimately, I hope,” he says.

Amanda Wazniak represents the Irish Pub at 20th and Walnut, which sponsors the event. She says the 65 mile race is again looking at a finish line in Atlantic City on the boardwalk.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the goal is to raise $700,000 for charities to help the families of fallen firefighters and police officers.

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