Empire State Ride puts ‘fun’ in fund-raising

Picturesque pedal: Get planning and training now for next year’s scenic Empire State Ride.
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Big-hearted pedalers are rolling out a fun, new way to total breast cancer — a marathon bike ride along one of New York’s most breathtaking scenic routes.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportune time to start planning and training for next summer’s Empire State Ride, a 540-mile, seven-day bicycle trek from Manhattan to Niagara Falls that U.S. Navy veteran Terry Bourgeois co-founded in 2014 to raise money for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. — the nation’s first cancer center.

It’s not a race or a tour, but seven days of cruising flats and hills and headwinds and tailwinds through historic cities along the Hudson River and Erie Canal corridor on a route so important to our nation that George Washington said that whoever held the Hudson River and New York City controlled “the safety of America.”

The ride — open to all skill levels — is a fantastic way to get away, spend quality time socializing with other people, and learn about yourself while helping to fund a critical cause, claims Bourgeois.

“You come in a stranger and leave as a family,” he says.

Empire State Ride, July 30–Aug. 5, 2017;

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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