Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 12:30:39 +0200
- UCONN | Sports
Men's Basketball: Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride
The Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride is Sunday in Simsbury, an event even more dear to the UConn coach's heart in the wake of his announcement that he has and will be treated for a second bout with cancer.
The start/finish line is at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. The bike ride is open to anyone who wishes to participate and donate. There are rides of 10, 25 and 50 miles. The cost is a $30 registration fee plus a $200 minimum donation for adults 18 and over. Children 14-18 can participate for only the $30 registration fee. All proceeds benefit The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center and Coaches vs. Cancer.
Last year, the ride had nearly 300 participants and raised $233,000. About 500 riders are expected this year. Riders can register at calhounride.com or on site the day of the event for an extra $10 charge. Registration starts at 7 a.m. with riders beginning to take the course around 8:30. Afterward, a barbeque and concert will be held from noon to 3 p.m., with The Tirebiter Band performing live. The meal is free to all riders and volunteers but open to spectators, who must pay a nominal fee to eat.
The donation deadline is Aug. 1. To support a specific rider - including Calhoun -- and pledge money toward their ride, visit calhounride.com and look for "support a rider." Calhoun rode 50 miles at last year's event and hopes to ride either 25 or 50 this year.