March 12, 2004
Bar Association to Team with American Cancer Society for Bike-A-Thon
For the first time, the Philadelphia Bar Association is teaming up with the American Cancer Society to sponsor a Philadelphia Bar Association team for the ACS 2004 Bike-a-Thon, to be held on Sunday, July 11.
Members of the Philadelphia legal community can register for the event online through the ACS's Bike-a-Thon Web site
. Registration is also available on the Bar Association's Web site
and through registration forms at Bar headquarters. Individuals who register on behalf of their law firm or legal department are invited to also join the Philadelphia Bar Association team by selecting both teams on their registration form.
The ACS Bike-a-Thon is a 63-mile ride from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to Lenape Park in Mays Landing, NJ. Through the generous support of cyclists, sponsors and volunteers, last year's event raised $857,000 in the fight against cancer. The fund-raising goal for 2004 is one million dollars.
Acclaimed one of Bicycling magazine's 38 Great Rides, the Bike-a-Thon is a chance to enjoy a terrific non-competitive outing and fight cancer at the same time. The cost to register is $100 if the registration form is postmarked by June 7. After June 7, the registration is $125. Same-day registration is $150. The event is held rain or shine.
In recognition of their hard work and support of the ACS, Bike-a-Thon riders receive awards for reaching certain fund-raising goals.
Riders can take a breather, replenish their water supply and grab energizing snacks at four well-stocked rest areas. Support crews patrol the route and rest stops, offering everything from tire replacement to medical/ambulatory services.
At the endpoint in Lenape Park, riders can enjoy a refreshing shower and feast on a fabulous BBQ that is free to all riders. Family and friends can meet riders at the endpoint and enjoy amusements and kiddy rides. Refreshments are available to guests at a minimal fee.
Lenape Park offers free overnight parking in designated areas the day before the race for participants who wish to drop off their vehicle early. Return transportation is available for riders and their bicycles back to the start point for a small fee.
A kickoff event will be held on Saturday, June 5 at Campbell's Field, when the Camden Riversharks play against Somerset Patriots. Bike-a-Thon riders who pre-register for the July 11 event will be invited to attend the ballgame for free.
For more information about the Philadelphia Bar Association's Bike-a-Thon Team, contact Bike-a-Thon Committee Co-Chairs Jeffrey Abramowitz at (215) 568-4980, or Stephen T. Saltz at (215) 496-8282.
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