Friday, October 4, 2013
The sixth annual Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Headlined by internationally renowned professional cyclist and S.C. native George Hincapie, the ride will raise funds to support local cancer charities. Each year, several hundred bicyclists ride together through the beautiful and quiet roads of the Francis Marion National Forest to raise money to fight this disease.
Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope participants include cancer survivors, as well as some cyclists currently undergoing treatment, whose strength and courage is an inspiration to all. Over the last five years, the event has raised more than $500,000 which is returned directly to the Charleston community, supporting the outreach and programs of the Hollings Cancer Institute, Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, Share Our Suzy, Camp Happy Days, and other cancer-related programs.
Registration is open (www.charlestonrideforhope.com) and the ride is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start at Awendaw Green, located off U.S. Highway 17 North.
This year’s Ride for Hope is better than ever, and includes a new family-friendly, 10-mile “Cruiser Ride” for all ages and abilities.
Cruiser Ride participants have a lower fundraising requirement ($250) and receive a Ride for Hope T-shirt, water bottle, a delicious catered lunch and after-party. Cyclists looking for more of a challenge can aim to raise $500 toward fighting cancer and join in either the 30-mile or 100K ride. Riders at the $500 level receive a custom Hincapie cycling jersey (value $200), T-shirt, custom cycling socks, and water bottle.
This year’s ride includes a post-ride celebration at Awendaw Green with a hearty re-fueling lunch of fresh-made pasta by local vendor Salt Works, beer and live music by “Hit or Miss” featuring select band members from Sol Driven Train.