The PA "Hope" Riders are aiming to help find a cure for cancer. The "Hope" Riders come from as far as Ohio and Florida and as close as Philadelphia, Hershey, and local neighborhoods. They aim to provide hope and support to those battling cancer and those who need that extra kindness to get them through each day.
The "Hope" Riders are the 2019 American Cancer Society's (ACS) PA Hope Ride bicyclists, who, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, will pedal anywhere from 30 miles to more than 170 miles through central Pennsylvania, starting from the Hope Lodge in Hershey. Until then, "Hope" Riders will raise funds to support the Hope Lodges of Pennsylvania and other program services.
PA Hope Ride cyclists may ride as individuals or as teams. Riders may participate in one or two days of the tour. Participating cyclists pay a registration fee and are provided with tips to reach individual fundraising goals.
The Hershey Hope Lodge will be the start and finish of this year's ride. The "Hope" Riders may pass through five of Pennsylvania's counties and many rural small towns. On June 22, routes will include 30, 62, 70, and 100 miles. The route on June 23 will be 70 miles. All routes on either day will end at the Hershey Hope.
On the route, cyclists of all skill levels enjoy a mix of scenic byways, country roads, and trails. While experienced riders enjoy challenging options on portions of the route, intermediate and novice riders will have designated courses to fit their level of riding.
Those who choose a one-day ride will finish at the Hope Lodge to a special finish line celebration. Those who are riding two days will finish their first day ride at Kutztown University campus, where they will share their adventures of the day at a sit-down dinner. Cyclists will be provided with all meals, rest stops, night-time accommodations, and full support from mechanics and safety personnel during their one- or two-day excursion.
To support the cyclists, readers may visit http://www.pahoperide.org and click on Donate or call the American Cancer Society at 717-534-1487. Readers may also become a PA "Hope" Rider and make a resolution to get fit by training and riding for those who are fighting to beat cancer.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. To learn more about the ACS or to get help, readers may call 800-227-2345 at any time or visit http://www.cancer.org.