Eleven North­eastern Uni­ver­sity police offi­cers will par­tic­i­pate in a 65-​​mile bike ride on Sept. 11 in honor of Sean Col­lier, the M.I.T. police officer who was killed in the wake of the Boston Marathon bomb­ings. The cyclists will pedal from Prov­i­dence, R.I., to Boston, con­cluding at the Marathon finish line on Boyl­ston Street.

Dubbed “Sean’s Ride,” the journey will serve as the final leg of the Tour De Force, an annual bicycle ride that honors 9/​11 vic­tims and sup­ports fam­i­lies of offi­cers killed in the line of duty. On Sept. 8, some 250 cyclists will depart from Ground Zero and bike from New York City to Prov­i­dence, where they’ll meet up with Collier’s crew.

Each cyclist must raise at least $250 by Aug. 28. “It’s for a great cause,” said Brian Nocerino, a North­eastern police officer who orga­nized his department’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ride. “We feel for every officer who’s killed in the line of duty.”

Collier’s death hit espe­cially close to home. Like the fallen M.I.T. officer, sev­eral mem­bers of the North­eastern police grad­u­ated from the Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Trans­porta­tion Authority Transit Police Academy. Officer Jason Per­sampieri had a closer rela­tion­ship with Col­lier, meeting him at a hol­iday party last year. “He was a really nice guy,” he recalled. “I wanted to par­tic­i­pate in this ride to show the cama­raderie between officers.”

Per­sampieri is pre­pared to pedal. “I’ll have to get a really com­fort­able seat,” he said, “but a bit of pain is nothing com­pared to what Sean sacrificed.”

To donate to indi­vidual par­tic­i­pants, please con­tact Brian Nocerino at b.​nocerino@​neu.​edu or visit http://​www​.tour​de​forceny​.com/​h​o​m​e​.​php.