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"Summer of the Ride" replaces Ride for Roswell

Posted at 10:20 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 13:52:19-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Ride For Roswell will be replaced this summer by "Summer of the Ride," with multiple riding options between August 1 and August 21.

COVID-19 is forcing the cancellation of the Ride for Roswell, that would have otherwise taken place on June 26 and 27.

"The Summer of the Ride will consist of the lighting of the torch on June 27; fundraising challenges, engagement and ways to celebrate throughout the month of July; getting on bikes to ride August 1–21; and a closing ceremony August 21. It will also offer many new kinds of rider rewards for reaching fundraising milestones," according to a statement released by Roswell Park.

There are two ways to participate in the Summer of the Ride.

  1. Small rides are planned for weekend days in August. Groups leave every 20 minutes from different places around Western New York. There will be four locations with five distances on six days this August:

ImageLinde Tonawanda Campus
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
10-mile route

UB North Campus
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
3-mile route & 10-mile route

Grand Island West Shore Parkway
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
20-mile route

Akron Five Corners
August 1, 8, 15
38-mile route

2. Individual rides between August 1 and August 21. Riders can go any distance, anywhere they want.

The Summer of the Ride runs August 1–21, with these in-person, scheduled rides taking place 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays each weekend. You can learn more about these routes here.

Spots are limited, as only 10 riders at a time will leave every 20 minutes to ensure that the event is following social distancing guidelines. Riders will also be asked to wear masks.

“From the beginning, this has been about coming together to save lives from cancer. With the Summer of the Ride, we’ll have a lot of great ways we can do that despite everything that’s happened the past few months,” says Mitch Flynn, the founder of the Ride for Roswell.

Ride for Roswell is getting rid of registration feeds and fundraising minimums for 2020. If you already paid for registration, and it was before May 1, it will be applied to your fundraising total. You'll get a free registration in 2021.

If you're interested in participating, you can click here.