Frequently Asked Questions

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Padres Pedal the Cause is a peer-to-peer fundraising event in which all participants agree to fundraise by asking for donations from their friends and family. During registration, each individual commits to a fundraising minimum associated with the course or activity selected. After registration is complete, you will receive a profile that you can customize with a personal story and a photo to tell people why you ride and encourage them to donate to you. We have created resources and tips to help you reach your fundraising minimum.

Yes. You will have until December 8th, 2018 to hit your minimum fundraising commitment. If the minimum is not met, he credit card you entered during registration will be charged the difference.

You don't have to be a cyclist to raise funds for a world without cancer! We have options for everyone to participate in their own way; in addition to being a rider, you can be a:
• Spinner (Pedal at the Park)
• Runner / Walker
• Volunteer
• Virtual Rider
• Kids Challenge Rider

How to Participate

November 17, 2018 at Petco Park!

You must be at least 13 years of age by November 17, 2018 to ride or volunteer in Padres Pedal the Cause. If you are between the ages of 3-12, you can participate in the 5K or the Kids Challenge!

The registration fee is $125 for cycling and $75 for the 5K and Pedal at the Park classes. The registration fee does not count toward your fundraising, as it helps cover the cost of putting on the event, including items like your jersey or technical t-shirt and refueling station support on the course.

Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018. However, you may register in person on the morning of the event! The deadline to commit to fundraising incentive levels is September 1.

Virtual Riders are individuals who want to help create a world without cancer by participating in Padres Pedal the Cause, but are unable (or not interested) in riding. As a Virtual Rider, you can create a profile page and be rewarded with great prizes and fundraising incentives for reaching distinguished fundraising levels. Virtual Riders have no fundraising commitment (unless they choose to).

Virtual Riders can register and join a team for a $50 donation to cancer.

Stationary cycling is also called spinning. The term “spinning” is a trademarked brand of stationary bike classes. We have created a special event called Pedal the the Park in which LA Fitness has provided state of the art bikes for us to use during event weekend on the field at Petco Park! Register now for Pedal at the Park now before it sells out!

Pursuant to the fundraising agreement, you may withdraw from riding in Padres Pedal the Cause on or before September 1, 2018. To withdraw, you must contact the Padres Pedal the Cause office. All registration fees are nonrefundable. No exceptions.

Remember, all riders have until December 1, 2018 to reach their minimum fundraising commitment. If you have questions, please contact us or 760.642.2720.

You have until December 1, 2018 to reach your fundraising minimum. After this date, if you haven’t hit your minimum requirement, the credit card you entered during registration will be charged the difference in what you have raised and the minimum you committed to.

We encourage you to register for a course that you are physically comfortable riding. Please note, the longer courses will likely require training for someone who is not an avid cyclist.

Please visit our Courses section to help you choose which course is best for you. If you have any further question please contact us at or 760.642.2720.

Depending on your level of cycling experience and overall fitness level, some training may be necessary to complete the distance you wish to ride. Please visit our
Training Plans page to find information on Padres Pedal hosted training ride dates and personalized training plans for each distance.

There will be a rest stop approximately every 10-12 miles for water, food, and mechanical and/or medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the course to provide assistance, if necessary. Visit our Courses page to learn more about course support.

No, riders are required to abide by the rules of the road for this ride. Please visit the Course Information page for a complete description of the rules of the road under the Rider Safety tab at the bottom.

Yes, you can ride with a tandem bike. Each rider must pay a registration fee dependent on their status (regular or young rider) and each rider will be responsible for their own fundraising commitment.

No. Under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle. Children may be pushed in a stroller in the 5K, or can register to walk or run the 5K or ride a safely-enclosed course just for cancer fighters, ages 3-12, in the Kids Challenge!

The early bird special allows cyclists to register with a discounted fundraising minimum requirement. The first 1,000 cyclists to register will receive $250 off of their fundraising minimum.

Yes! With proof of a current and valid student or active military ID the fundraising minimums for any event are reduced by half. Spouses of active duty military are also eligible for this discount. There is an option to select this during registration.

All funding benefits collaborative research among four local San Diego beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Visit our Impact page to learn more about our beneficiaries.

Since its inception in 2013, Padres Pedal the Cause has donated $7,158,512 to cancer research!

We are proud to say to 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to fund cancer research!

Maybe! We fund collaborative research at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego.

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