Community Health

Ride to raise money for cancer research set for Oct. 15

(Photo courtesy Paceline Facebook page)

More than 500 participants from Augusta and beyond are ready to hit the road Sunday in the fight against cancer.

Paceline is an Augusta-based nonprofit with the mission of bringing communities and organizations together toward a common goal – Cure Cancer Faster, according to a news release.

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“Through an annual, fun bike ride, PaceDay celebrates the fundraising efforts of the Paceline community. 100% of all funds raised go to innovative cancer research at the Georgia Cancer Center. The organization has already raised more than $1,250,000 since its inaugural 2019 event, funding more than 20 cancer research projects thanks to the Paceline community. The support given to our state’s cancer center is poised to continue the advancement of cancer research, prevention, treatment, care and education,” the news release said.

PaceDay 2023 is entirely centered around the Augusta Common including its opening ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14. The free event will feature the live music, stories of cancer survivors. Food trucks will be
available on-site. The fully supported fundraising bike rides and finish line festival take place on Oct. 15.

During PaceDay, participants will have the option of riding its family-friendly route called the Cyber City Circuit, a one-mile loop around Augusta Common which will be closed to traffic. Organizers say it’s suited for young riders as well as adults who are less comfortable riding on the road.

In addition, there are three open road routes of 25, 50 and 70 miles that pass by the Georgia Cancer Center itself. All rides will be supported with law enforcement present at the roadside and at intersections for safety, 10 support and gear vehicle and five rest stops each with food, beverages, mobile restrooms, and medical staff.

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“We are encouraging people from all parts of our community to do something meaningful through being on a bike,” said Paceline president Martyn Jones. “It’s an awesome way for the community to get together for an activity which is fun, friendly, and very engaging.”

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