NAPLES, Fla. (Mar. 3, 2023) — The March 25 – 26 Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride (PFC) is fast approaching, giving cyclists a final opportunity to register for the annual fundraising ride to help fight cancer. Whether you’re celebrating survival or honoring a loved one, the PFC welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities to choose from multiple routes in Naples – starting at Paradise Coast Sports Complex – and Tampa – starting in the Telecom Parkway area.
“It’s getting close and we’re all so excited for the 2023 ride! We encourage registration at least a week before the event to allow ample time to prepare and fundraise. We want everyone to enjoy the ride and have a great time,” said Jeri Goetz, Executive Director at Pan-Florida Challenge. “The ride is very meaningful and it’s personally fulfilling to be able to help others whose lives are being impacted by the disease and we welcome anyone who wants to join us in this mission.”
Pan-Florida Challenge is a non-profit organization that provides nutritious meals to at-risk and hungry children, as malnutrition has been shown to increase the risk of developing cancer. In addition, Pan-Florida Challenge partners with organizations, such as Moffitt Cancer Center, to fund cancer and prevention. Every dollar raised by the riders directly supports Pan-Florida Challenge’s mission.
Rides are designed for cyclists of all skill levels, with routes ranging from 10 to 125 miles. A fundraising minimum is required which is cut in half for new riders. Pan-Florida assists all participating cyclists with reaching and exceeding their fundraising goals.
Meet fellow cyclists, volunteers and sponsors at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex for the Naples rides of 10, 30, 62, 100, and 125 mile routes, in addition to the PFC Junior, a quarter-mile lap on a sidewalk around the lake that is ideal for trikes and bikes with training w heels and scooters.
Cyclists will receive a finisher medal. Those who register for the PFC Junior and the 10 and 30 mile routes will receive a t-shirt, and riders of 62 miles or more will receive a PFC cycling jersey. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, and all participants are welcome to celebrate after the ride with live DJ entertainment, giant Jenga, corn hole and other activities.
The Tampa ride offers 10, 30, 62, and 100 mile routes that will start and finish in the Telecom Parkway area. Goetz added, “We’re excited to offer rides in Tampa for the third year. In addition to funding weekend backpack meals, proceeds will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center, and we’re cycling right by one of their buildings!”
To learn more about start times, registration fees, and fundraising minimums please visit https://panfloridachallenge.
The Pan-Florida Challenge wouldn’t be possible without the support of generous sponsors. If your business is interested in sponsoring the 2023 ride, please visit panfloridachallenge.org/
About Pan-Florida Challenge
Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to fund cancer prevention research and education, provide support for cancer patients, and distribute cancer fighting food to undernourished children throughout Florida. Founded in 2014, PFC partners with elementary schools throughout the state to distribute weekend backpack meals, also known as PFC Power Packs and Family Weekend Backpack Meals. These meals contain nutritious food items that meet or exceed the USDA’s dietary recommendation for elementary school aged children. To date, PFC has provided more than 8 million meals to hungry children – all with the help of annual fundraising events, grants, sponsorships, and benefactors. For more information please visit panfloridachallenge.org.