In Fall 2013, several friends planned a multi-day bike ride along the 330-mile long trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. One of the organizers has rheumatoid arthritis, which affects many joints, while others live with other forms of the disease.
This prompted the group to reach out to friends and colleagues to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation because biking is a great, low-impact activity for people with arthritis. The group rode just under 70 miles a day over five days and received 112 donations for more than $6,000 in just over two weeks to help the cause.
In October 2014 and 2015, the event evolved from five days into a one-day 106-mile bike ride from Rockwood, PA, near Somerset to the Point in downtown Pittsburgh. So far, in the first three years of the event, over $22,500 has been raised.
The group decided to continue with the event annually but wanted to make it more accessible for people around the country and to take it to the next level of being a regional/national fundraiser.
THIS YEAR'S CHALLENGE
To get more people involved, increase arthritis awareness and increase donations, RiverRide 100 is expanding so that anyone anywhere can participate in the event. People can ride their bikes in August to help us raise money for the Arthritis Foundation for research, advocacy and assistance for those living with arthritis.
The event founders will still be riding 106 miles from Rockwood, PA to Pittsburgh in one day on Saturday, August 20. But, anyone anywhere can now participate as well.
It’s easy and flexible too. You can tailor your challenge to fit your individual situation. Pledge to ride your choice of 50, 75 or 100 miles in either one day or throughout the entire month of August. Then, visit our fundraising page to set up your personal fundraising page and let people you know that you’re participating and seeking donations.
Don’t own a bike? Don’t like to ride outside? Not a problem! Ride a stationary bike at your home or local gym or go to your favorite spin class and count those miles toward your goal.
Regardless of how you choose to complete your challenge, you will be helping to make a huge difference in those who are affected by arthritis.