PHILADELPHIA — Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, is proud to announce the return of the Lemon Ride Bicycle Tour presented by Volvo Cars of North America to Doylestown on Sunday, July 20 at 7 a.m.
The event, which starts and ends at Central Bucks – West High School, invites cyclists of all calibers to contribute to the battle against childhood cancer with courses ranging from a 4 mile Family Fun Ride to a 63 mile ride (a metric century). The family friendly event will also include children’s activities at the start/finish.
Cycling enthusiasts and all supporters of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation are invited to participate or attend the fun event that offers lengths for various ability levels (four miles, 12 miles, 35 miles and 63 miles). Several local residents are competing this year.
Lunch, snacks and a limited edition Lemon Ride water bottle will be provided to all those who register for the event. Advanced registration is $70 per person for those 12 years and older, and $35 per person for under 12 years. The opportunity to fundraise prior to the event is available and prizes will be awarded to the top team fundraisers.
Contributing to the success of the past two years were several teams formed to honor childhood cancer heroes. Returning teams this year include Team Declan, formed by the Roberts family to honor 4-year-old Declan Roberts, who lost his life to rhabdomyosarcoma in 2012.
The family, together with friends and supporters, honor his memory, and Declan’s mom Megan has been actively recruiting additional riders for this year’s event. The Fitzgerald family will return for the second year in a row to honor their son, 10-year-old Cole Fitzgerald and remember friend Danny Hammond, who lost his life to cancer earlier this year.
Adding to the day’s festivities, entertainment at the start and finish line provided by The Party Authority and a raffle will allow participants to win various prizes. SAG and mechanical support will be provided by Doylestown Bike Works and SRAM, while Ride Marshals will be provided by RevZilla. Additionally, Doylestown Bike Works will offer free bike safety checks to registrants any time prior to the ride at their store.
The day’s festivities will span from the 7 a.m. start time (for the 63 mile course) until 2 p.m. The bike tour will not be viewed as a race, but instead a ride through the area to raise funds for all kids with cancer. Prizes will however be awarded to the top team fundraisers. Participants are encouraged to form teams and fundraise prior to the event.
In addition to the Lemon Ride and Foundation’s annual Lemon Run 5K, slated for Sunday, Nov. 9, the Foundation has introduced an athletic arm, Team Lemon, for athletes across the country. Team Lemon invites athletes of all calibers to make a difference as they run, bike or swim to reach their personal athletic goals and simultaneously help kids with cancer.
In addition to Presenting Sponsor Volvo, Red Robin Gourmet Burgerswill return as a Gold Level Sponsor, and Doylestown Hospital and RevZilla will come on board as Silver Sponsors. For more information on The Lemon Ride, to volunteer, register or become a sponsor, visit LemonRide.org.