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Ride for Roswell organizers test Niagara Falls route

NIAGARA FALLS – Organizers of the Ride for Roswell, the area’s largest annual fundraising event, tested the Niagara Falls portions of their new Canadian route Saturday.

The 20th annual Ride for Roswell, being held June 27, offers a choice of 11 different routes for its expected 8,000 participants, ranging in length from 3 miles to 102 miles. Niagara Falls is part of the 44-mile Canada Route, which already has been closed to further registrants because of the large response to a route from Roswell Park Cancer Institute itself, over the Peace Bridge and along the Canadian shore of the Niagara River to the Rainbow Bridge. After crossing the border there, the riders will cut through Niagara Falls and finish at the University at Buffalo.

Roswell Park officials said the institute also will benefit from the new Empire State Ride, a 518-mile bike ride beginning Aug. 15 in New York City’s Battery Park and finishing Aug. 22 in Niagara Falls State Park. It’s the only existing, organized bike event to cross New York State. More information is available online at empirestateride.com.