PMC Greater Newburyport Kids Ride
This summer, the Pan-Mass Challenge Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) Greater Newburyport Kids Ride will be one of 38 PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and beyond. The PMC Kids Rides program in 2012 attracted nearly 4,500 cyclists between the ages of 2 and 15, who rode between one and 26 miles in mini-bike-a-thons to raise money for cancer care and research.
The PMC Kids Rides are spokes in the PMC wheel, joining the more than 5,500 adult PMC cyclists in their mission to fund adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The PMC is the two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held each August. Since 1980, the PMC has raised $375 million for the Jimmy Fund. PMC Kids Rides offer a way for children to become part of the PMC mission, involving young people in volunteerism and fundraising in a safe and athletic way. The PMC Kids Rides program has raised more than $4 million since it was founded in 1998.
To give the young cyclists an additional push, the PMC recognizes cyclists in the Kids Rides program who raise $250 or more. Riders who meet this goal are honored as Heavy Hitters and receive an official PMC hat, certificate and sticker to place on their helmets to acknowledge their fundraising achievements.
The PMC Greater Newburyport Kids Ride expects over 100 children. Children ages 4 to 13 will ride 2.2 miles on the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport. Children 2-3 years old will ride on an obstacle course at Cashman Park. The PMC Greater Newburyport Kids Ride will hold a party after the ride which will include a deejay, face painting, bike decorating, light refreshments, a visit from the Mix 104.1 ice cream truck and more. The ride hopes to raise $10,000.
PMC Kids Rides are sponsored by Stop & Shop. The Newburyport ride is also sponsored by the Institution For Savings, Amesbury Skate and Sport Shop, Halley Elevator, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and other local businesses and community members. Contributions can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge.