Endurance Sports to the Rescue!
At Padres Pedal the Cause we understand that we aren’t the only ones using cycling and other endurance sports events to raise money for cancer research. We think it’s important to give a shout out to some of our fellow cancer fighters, and highlight their achievements. While we all share motive and initiative in the great battle against cancer, each of us plays a different and invaluable role in the effort.
- The Bike to Beat Cancer is a one-day fundraising event held annually in Louisville, Kentucky. For this particular cycling event, riders choose between four course options: 35, 65 or 100 miles, or the Family Ride (5 miles). All funds raised go to benefit the Norton Cancer Institute, which provides critical cancer prevention initiatives, diagnosis, full-service treatment, cutting-edge clinical trials, and a variety of survivorship programs. The institute is also home to the region’s first prevention and early detection program, which administers no- to low-cost cancer screenings, cancer genetic testing, and counseling.
- Every year, since 1980, the Pan-Mass Challenge (or PMC) has brought together thousands of cyclists from around the world to Massachusetts to participate in what has grown into one of the largest athletic fundraising events in the country. In the past 36 years, PNC riders have raised and contributed over $500 million to cancer research. Currently, 100% of all rider-raised funds support the Jimmy Fund, and in turn, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who’s doctors and researchers provide the most advanced care to adults and children, while searching for cures to all cancers.
- From humble beginnings in 2008, Pelotonia has managed to raise over $120 million dollars to fund research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute—the patient-care component of the OSUCCC. Pelotonia’s three-day experience incorporates two days of cycling broken up into six different ride options to accommodate various skill levels. They also allow “virtual riders” to fundraise without having to ride in the event, so even if someone can’t ride, they can still join the cause and the festivities.
- The Ride o Conquer Cancer is another two-day cycling event that travels to different cities and raises money for their local charities. The next stop is Washington DC, where riders will bike a combined 150 miles on this two-day adventure through the Capital Region, stopping one night to camp. For this event, The Ride to Conquer Cancer has partnered with The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Howard County General Hospital to raise money for research and innovative treatments.
- VeloSano similarly rolls for two consecutive days annually in Cleveland, Ohio. While the ride is only in its third year of running, its infancy hasn’t stopped it from raising millions of dollars for high-impact translational research at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. There are five route options available (12, 25, 50, 100, and 200 miles), so participants of any age or skill level can ride comfortably.
- The London to Paris Bike Ride presents the perfect opportunity to explore the rich historical countryside waiting across the pond. Operated by Skyline Events, the London to Paris Bike Challenge works with 3,000 different charities, and over the last 24 years, its riders have fundraised over £100 million.
- Team in Training (or TNT) began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland assembled a marathon team in New York City to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The 38 runners involved managed to raise $322,000, and TNT has since donated more than $1 billion to LLS’s efforts in fighting blood cancer. TNT connects you to a team of coaches and fellow athletes to train and participate in all kinds of events across the world. From cycling to running to triathlons (like the Ironman), and even hiking and climbing, TNT has something for everybody.
- Much like TNT, Team Livestrong, provides a platform for people to fundraise and participate in any number of endurance sporting events. With a focus on survivorship programs, the Livstrong Foundation has partnered with 90 cancer care facilities to implement a variety of support programs.
- The American Cancer Society’s Bike-a-thon is a one-day, annual cycling event benefitting the American Cancer Society. The 44th annual Bike-a-thon was held earlier this summer in Philadelphia, PA, and raised over $1.5 million. The Bike-a-thon Bridge to the Beach offered four different start points and six different routes to allow participants of any skill level to partake.
- The YSC Tour de Pink (TdP) is an annual three-day charity bike ride that raises money for young women with breast cancer. The YSC TdP offers three different locations for the ride every year—West Coast Ride, East Coast Ride, and South Ride. Each three-day ride takes cyclists on a breathtaking 200-mile adventure, with 100-mile and one-day options available for less-experience cyclists.
We could continue to list people and organizations who are standing up against cancer through endurance sporting events, and because cancer is such a tremendous and complex threat facing us today, there will always be new players joining the cause. And we need them. It’s important that you understand the necessity for as many organizations like Padres Pedal the Cause to exist and thrive. Our beneficiaries, like others listed above, play critical roles in the collaborative efforts to stop cancer in all its forms—the more researches involved, the more opportunities we have to find cures. We can’t wait to see you all in November!