Calling all cyclists who are willing to pedal for a cause!
The St. Jude Ride on Friday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 22, welcomes riders from Memphis and the surrounding metropolitan area to participate in its 24-hour relay for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
A new offering at this year’s event is a six-hour ride, targeting families and groups with people of varying ages and experience levels. Funds raised help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
“Endurance events like this one show our patient families that they have a strong community of supporters behind them,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We hope participants take great pride in knowing they are helping an organization that is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer, and that we won’t stop working until no child dies from cancer.”
Among the cyclists will be hospital staff and patient families, including returning patient Adam Cruthirds. “The St. Jude Ride gives everyone an opportunity to challenge themselves. While the fight to bike for 24-hours straight isn’t the same as the fight that the kids of St. Jude go through, it gives them a taste of what it’s like,” said Cruthirds.
The event begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Tom Lee Park, which sits along the Mississippi River and Riverside Drive. This is a closed course and there will be food, music, and games for attendees of all ages. Some choose to camp overnight at Tom Lee Park. Many attend to cheer on riders along the course.
Individuals who register to raise $200 for St. Jude will receive a t-shirt, fundraising webpage, and fundraising tips. Those who raise $500 as individuals or $7,500 as a team will receive additional perks, such as upgraded tailgating tent space.
For more information, visit stjude.org/stjuderide.