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Bike Riding For A Cause


We all have our own reasons for bicycle riding. It's great exercise and a good opportunity to get outside and clear our heads from the stress of our lives. Sometimes it's the only time we can get to ourselves! If you're going to go biking, why not do it for a good cause? Here are some charity events where you can do just that.

  • Bike to the Beach. This 100-mile annual event starts in Washington, DC and takes riders to the Delaware beaches, NYC and ends in the Hamptons. B2B is partnered with Autism Speaks, the world's largest charity group devoted to the study and treatment of autism and autism-spectrum disorders. It's usually in late July-early August, so be prepared for the heat. You can learn more at
  • Pedal For The House. This event takes place at Tollefson Park in Madison, Wisconsin. There are several different trails to choose from-20, 40, 60-mile routes for the advanced cyclists, a 5-mile route for families and younger cyclists, and a quarter-mile 'fun loop' around the park for walkers and strollers. Various local sponsors donate the proceeds of the event to Ronald McDonald House Charities, a group that gives families a place to stay while their children undergo medical treatment away from home. You can learn more and register for future events at
  • The New England Parkinson's Ride. This event takes place in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. To cater to riders of various levels, the trails it offers are 10, 30, 50 and 100 miles long. The proceeds of the ride go to benefit the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's Disease treatment and research. You can learn more and register for future events at Be sure to check out the 'Who We Are' page for an interesting back-story for the event.
  • Positive Spin For ALS. The fees for this Wayland, MA event go to benefit the ALS Association, the only national organization focused specifically on finding a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The event features 10-, 25-, 50- and 70-mile rides. The website for this annual event is, with the stories behind each of the races on the 'About The Ride' page.
  • Friends For Life Bike Rally. This six-day, 400 km event takes riders on a journey from Toronto to Montreal to raise money for groups that provide services for people living with HIV/AIDS. You can learn more or register at
Here are some sites you can visit to find out about various charity bike rides in your area:

These events (among many others) are done on an annual basis, although many communities also run 'one-time' charity races. In the end it doesn't matter whether you ride every year or just once; the point is to raise money for a good cause. Have fun, and know you're making a difference.

1 comment:

Brand messineo said...

See, I don't have a bike (except a stationary one) but reading this article kinda makes me want to participate in something like this. I could make myself pedal for extended amounts of time if it were for a good cause, helping others.

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