Gearing Up for the Challenge
Annual Dolphins charity cycling event advances UM's leading-edge cancer care
The third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC), a two-day, 170-mile charity cycling event to benefit the University of Miami's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, will take place November 3-4.
The tri-county charity cycling event was founded by the Miami Dolphins to increase cancer awareness, encourage healthy hobbies, and raise funds for UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which has facilities in Miami, Kendall, Plantation, and Deerfield Beach. Last year's event was an enormous success, attracting more than 800 riders and raising more than $1,070,000 for cancer research. All of the funds raised by riders in the event go to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Describing the 2011 ride as “inspirational,” W. Jarrard Goodwin, chief medical officer of Sylvester and co-leader of Team Sylvester, said it “was a very special experience to ride with so many of my colleagues and patients through the three counties where Sylvester has a strong presence. I know the moral and financial support of our patients and friends will motivate us again this year.”
Joining Team Sylvester in 2012 is the newly appointed director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Stephen D. Nimer, who is eager to participate in the signature community fundraising event for the cancer center. “We work in teams at Sylvester to find new therapies and bring hope to patients and families,” said Nimer. “The Dolphins Cycling Challenge similarly brings teams together to work toward our common goal: fighting cancer.”
Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said that team owner Steve Ross and the Miami Dolphins "are thrilled to be a part of this cornerstone philanthropic initiative for a third consecutive year. We hope Sylvester can continue growing its footprint and positively impacting those in our community who face the challenges associated with this insidious disease.”
The Dolphins Cycling Challenge offers various routes for participants of different ages and abilities. On the first day of the ride, entrants will have three options: (1) a 100-mile-long “Century Ride” from Sun Life Stadium to West Palm Beach, during which cyclists will travel through the City of Miami over the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach and then up Ocean Drive/A1A to enjoy an end-of-the-ride celebration at CityPlace; (2) a Homecoming Loop starting at Sun Life Stadium that gives riders the opportunity to take in 50 miles of South Florida scenery before ending up back at the stadium; and (3) a 40-mile Palm Beach Loop that provides riders with the greatest vistas West Palm Beach has to offer.
The second day features two unique routes, both of which give riders the opportunity to traverse a secured portion of I-595 before entering Sun Life Stadium: (1) a 70-mile ride from CityPlace in West Palm Beach to Sun Life Stadium; and (2) a 30-mile ride from Ft. Lauderdale to Sun Life Stadium. All riders on day two will enter Sun Life Stadium through the players’ tunnel and join an on-field Finish Line Celebration. And because it's never too early to get involved in a great cause, Dolphins Cycling Challenge will offer various courses on the grounds of Sun Life Stadium for child and pre-teen riders.
All adult riders will receive two complimentary tickets to the Miami Dolphins versus Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, November 25. Riders who attend the game will be honored in a special on-field pre-game ceremony celebrating their fundraising efforts. There is a registration fee of $150 per rider and a fundraising goal ranging from $250 to $1200, depending on the ride selected.
To get involved, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information. Whether you ride, fund raise as a virtual rider, or volunteer, we hope you’ll consider taking part in what’s becoming a South Florida tradition.