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Pedaling for Payson. Photo by Tom Bailey.




Pedaling for Payson

When: Saturday, Sept. 17 (races kick off between 7 and 11 a.m., depending on the mileage distance)
Where: Begins and ends at Elm Brook Park, 2097 Maple St., Hopkinton
Cost: $10 registration (minimum fundraising donation of $25 to $100 by Oct. 1, depending on the mileage distance)
Visit: pedalingforpayson.org

 





Bike for a cause
Pedaling for Payson cycling fundraiser returns

09/15/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Grab your bike and get ready to ride along some of New Hampshire’s most beautiful roads during the annual Pedaling for Payson event, happening Saturday, Sept. 17, at Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton.

Concord Hospital Trust will be hosting the fundraiser for its 11th year. The route options feature a 100-mile ride starting at 7 a.m., a 77-mile ride at 8 a.m., a 51-mile ride at 9 a.m., a 30-mile ride at 10 a.m., and a 6-mile ride at 11 a.m. There will also be an adult and a youth mountain bike ride, each kicking off at 9:30 a.m. 
The bike rides travel through many of the paved and dirt roads surrounding Elm Brook Park, but the longer ones also venture into the neighboring towns of Warner, Henniker, New London and Sutton. The mountain bike route was added to the event two years ago and features a rest stop at the Henniker Brewing Co.
At the conclusion of the races, enjoy a barbecue and beer truck with live music at Elm Brook Park. It’s all to benefit the Gene Gillis Fund, which was established to support Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care.
“The fund helps support cancer patients with the small things that make a difference but that sometimes get lost,” said Jessica Bailey of Concord Hospital Trust. “So it provides gas cards to patients that have to always come to and from the hospital for treatment … it supplies grocery cards for them to buy groceries and other supplements and other out-of-pocket expenses that associated with cancer treatment.”
Bailey said almost $1 million has been raised since the event started in 2006. The fund has also recently been able to provide hospital patients with a “nurse navigator,” a staff member brought on specifically to help them make appointments and learn more about their treatment.
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve raised over $180,000 for each year,” she said. “We always try to increase it a little, and this year, we’re going for over $200,000. … We have really passionate riders [for] the cause who are great fundraisers for us.”
Bailey said riders who are members of the same business or organization often put together their own fundraising teams, but individual riders can also register for the event for just $10. Each rider has a minimum fundraising contribution to be reached by Oct. 1. The amount is $25 for the youth mountain bike ride, $50 for the adult mountain bike ride and $100 for each of the cycling rides.
“It’s peer-to-peer fundraising, which basically means that you as an individual ride in the event and you go out and ask family members, colleagues or friends to help donate to the cause to support you in the ride,” Bailey said. “You can raise that amount or pay for it yourself if you choose.”
Register by calling Concord Hospital Trust or visiting pedalingforpayson.org. Registration will also be available during an early packet pick-up at the hospital on Friday, Sept. 16, or at the park on the day of the event, beginning at 6:15 a.m.





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