Atlantic City Welcomes Back More Than 3,500 Athletes and Spectators for the 44th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon Bridge to the Beach

Event will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Tuesday, February 23, 2016) Atlantic City will welcome back the 44th Annual American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon Bridge to the Beach event, which will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This annual event is expected to have 3,500 riders, while raising $1.5 million to fight back against cancer. 

On Sunday, June 12, riders will have the opportunity to start at one of the four different start points offering up to six different route options. Riders will ride through scenic back roads of South Jersey ending on the Boardwalk in front of historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. At the endpoint, participants will enjoy entertainment, a variety of lunch options, a custom 2016 Bike-a-thon t-shirt, survivor ceremonies and other family fun activities, while overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. 

“The American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon is a fun and inspiring event for all involved,” says Mark Feinman, 2016 chairman, and a 40-year cancer survivor. “We are encouraging everyone to come out and enjoy the day with us, by riding, volunteering, donating, or simply coming out along the route to cheer on the riders. No matter how you get involved, you will be helping support the fight against cancer.”

Years ago, three biking enthusiasts enlisted friends in an effort to raise money to fight cancer. Four decades later the outing has become one of the American Cancer Society’s largest single-day fundraising events. Bike-a-thon Bridge to the Beach, is a 65 plus mile bike ride that spans from the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, riding the scenic back roads of New Jersey to Atlantic City. Together, over 3,300 riders, from 27 different states, journey from the Bridge to the Beach in celebration of a year-round fundraising effort. More important than “riding for a cure,” the riders raise more than $1 million each year to help people stay well and get well, to find cures and to fight back against cancer.

Bike-a-thon honors cancer survivors with a special blue rider bib, a blue ribbon cut by survivors to start the event, and a ceremony at the endpoint. It is an opportunity to enjoy a fun, well-supported bike ride while making a difference in the lives of others. With over 200 volunteers needed, there is truly something for everyone!

For more event information, please visit: www.ACSBIKE.org.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress; nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we're finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

About the Atlantic City Sports Commission
The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially formed on January 13, 2015 as a 501 (c)(3) organization with the support of Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions to Atlantic City.

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Media Contacts:
Jessica Merrill
609-449-7147
jmerrill@meetinac.com

Desiree Berenguer Carton
732-292-4251
desiree.carton@cancer.org

 

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