The Ride to Conquer Cancer
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is an annual charity fundraiser held in various locations across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. It is organized as a non-competitive cycling event that sees thousands of riders travel over 200 kilometres (120 mi) over two days. It was first held in the Toronto area in 2008 and raised $14 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Following the success of the first ride, the event spread to Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver beginning in 2009, and to Brisbane in 2011. In the four Canadian events in 2013, 11,000 riders raised $43.9 million. In 2014, 2 events within the United States were announced, including a ride through Washington, D.C. and Maryland, and a ride originating in Philadelphia.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer was created in 2008 as a "mega-event" fundraiser in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Differing from other fundraisers, the event focused on having a relatively small number of participants raise considerably more money in support of cancer research. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $2,500 in order to ride. The event was a success, raising $14 million for the hospital and spawning three more rides in other locations across the country for 2009. It has quickly grown to become the largest cycling fundraiser in Canadian history, raising $199.1 million between 2008 and 2013.
The title sponsor for three of the four Canadian events is Enbridge, and between 2008 and 2013, the ride has raised over $199.1 million. In British Columbia the title sponsor is mining company Silver Wheaton.
The British Columbia ride originates in Vancouver, and crosses into the United States to finish in Seattle. Nearly 2,642 riders raised $10.4 million in 2013 in support of the B.C. Cancer Foundation.
The Alberta ride originates at Spruce Meadows in Calgary and heads southwest to Chain Lakes Provincial Park in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains before returning to Calgary. 1,655 riders raised $7.5 million in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation in 2013.
The event went international in 2011, as The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer took place in Brisbane in August 2011 and 2012. The event has raised nearly $10 million for cancer research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, one of the largest research institutes in Australia.
In 2013, the Brisbane ride, sponsored by Rio Tinto, had 1,236 participating riders, raising $4.2 million for QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. The ride originated from Brisbane, breaking in Lake Wivenhoe, and returning to Brisbane.
2013 was the first year of The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Cancer Society Auckland. 663 riders raised $2.1 million.
2 events within the United States were announced for 2014.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefitting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial, and Suburban Hospitals will take place on September 13–14, 2014. The course will originate from Washington, D.C., crossing through Maryland, and returning to Washington, D.C.
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