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Registration open for 2017 Ride for Roswell

Registration for The Ride For Roswell is now open.

Those of all ages and cycling experience are invited to choose a “route to a cure” by signing up to ride or volunteer at RideForRoswell.org.

This year’s ride, presented by West Herr Automotive Group, will take place June 24 and feature 12 routes ranging from 3 to 102 miles. Two new options: A leisurely 14-mile “RosRoll” that will tour along iconic downtown Buffalo landmarks and a 26-mile Canada route, a shorter version of The Ride’s popular 44-mile Canada route that ends in Niagara Falls, before riders are shuttled to the University at Buffalo North Campus for the finish line celebration..

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More than 10,000 riders and volunteers are expected to participate as they help raise funds for cancer research and patient-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Ride – which expects to register its 100,000th participant this year – is the single largest fundraising event in Western New York and the state’s largest single-day cycling fundraiser.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, and The Ride provides an opportunity for the entire community to come together and fight back against this devastating disease,” Ride Director Bryan Sidorowicz said in a news release. “Roswell Park has some of the brightest minds in the field working tirelessly to find cancer cures, and they rely on funds raised through The Ride to fuel their efforts in discovering and developing new lifesaving treatments.”

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To participate in The Ride, riders aged 18 and over are required to reach the fundraising minimum of $200 ($500 for Canada routes) by Ride Day; riders aged 17 and under have a fundraising minimum of $50 for all routes. Ride Weekend kicks off June 23 with the Peloton, a 12-mile route that is reserved for top fundraisers who raise $1,000 or more.  Since the first Ride For Roswell in 1996, the event has raised more than $38 million for Roswell Park.

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