The ride for hope got started with a dream in a living room. After their father, Lou Farrah, was diagnosed with cancer, sons Jason and Jeff Farrah went to Texas to ride in the Lance Armstrong Foundation bike rides. It was then they dreamed of bringing a similar event to Tallahassee. (This page has the full story http://therideforhope.com/about/history/ )
What do you want visitors and locals to know about The Ride For Hope that they may not already know?
All proceeds go to the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. The goal for this event raise money in an effort to keep cancer care close to home.
The Ride for Hope is a family friendly event- and an event for all cyclists and ability levels. The event boasts 5 rides- century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles), 40 mile, 29 mile, 11 mile, and a family fun ride and walk. Each year, we award a Hero of Hope. Initially, this award was given to Dr. Jeffrey Crooms- who operated on Lou Farrah- which gave him several more years of life (he was first told by another hospital/ physician that his cancer was inoperable). Over the years this award has grown to include not only medical personnel, but also people who have amazing stories of hope and/or survival. They are people who the community sees as an inspiration.
How has The Ride For Hope grown over the years?
The first year had 81 rides, and raised $30,000. Since then it has grown to over 700 riders, and raised over $500,000.
How can someone be a part of The Ride For Hope?
To be part of The Ride for Hope as a rider, go to our page http://therideforhope.com/register/ and sign up. If you would like to volunteer, go to http://therideforhope.com/volunteer/ and to sponsor, go to http://therideforhope.com/sponsors/
For people or groups who would like to volunteer at a water stop (there are 9), you should know that we have a contest every yera for the most enthusiastic water stop and they get great prizes. This year’s prizes included tickets to the Steve Miller Band concert, hour long massages from Pathway Wellness, infused oils and vinegar from Smashing Olive, and free photography session from Triple Hearts Photography.
What’s next for The Ride For Hope?
The Ride For Hope- in it’s quest to bring cancer care close to home, would love to see this event grow even larger. We would love for families to come out and ride together- it is a GREAT way to see the beautiful community we live in. This is a great way to get in physical activty and explore the beautiful canopy roads and scenery Tallahassee has to offer.
What social media does The Ride For Hope use?
Facebook and instagram.
Describe The Ride For Hope in 5 words or less
Inspiring hope through cycling.