Pan-Mass Challenge bike ride draws over 5000

The Pan-Mass Challenge is an annual fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and is credited as the first bike-athon in the nation to use cycling as a way to raise money for a cause.

Started in 1980 by 36 friends who raised $10,200, it now draws over 5000 riders and has a fund raising goal of $31 million! Since 1980, they’ve raised over $270 million for Dana Faber’s Jimmy Fund.

One of the most successful athletic fund raising events in the country, in 2009 100% of all funds raised by riders were donated to the Jimmy Fund. Each cyclist commits to raising between $500 and $4200 to ride in the event, and most exceed their minimum by twice the amount.

Riders can choose between 10 different courses ranging from 47 miles to 190 miles and two days in length. This year’s event occurred last weekend, here are some links to more info and photos:

Here’s an inspiring video promoting the ride.

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