The Empire State Ride, a seven-day bicycling trek across New York State, concluded Saturday afternoon with 178 riders crossing the finish line in Niagara Falls. They raised more than $1 million for cancer research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The crowd that greeted them on Old Falls Street included Roswell Park president and CEO Candace Johnson and Niagara Falls Council Member Ezra Scott.
The ride began last Sunday on Staten Island, with overnight stops at Stony Point, the Hudson Valley, Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse and Rochester.
To participate for the entire week, riders had to raise a minimum of $3,500 in donations. Twenty of them raised more than $10,000, becoming Excelsior riders. Accompanying them was a support staff that provided meals, rest stop provisions and camping accommodations. Riders came from 20 states, Canada and Panama.
The Empire State Ride was founded in 2014 by Roswell Park supporter Terry Bourgeois, a program manager for Praxair who made the first trip from New York City to Niagara Falls by himself.