Twenty residents from Hopkinton will ride in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the most successful athletic fundraiser in the nation, on Aug. 6 and 7. They will be among the more than 4,000 cyclists from 35 states and six countries who will ride in the 26th annual event, which is co-presented by the Boston Red Sox and Overstock.com.
Their collective goal is to raise $21 million for lifesaving cancer research and treatment for cancer patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and around the world.
The PMC offers cyclists six routes, which log between 89 and 192 miles over one or two days, through 46 scenic Massachusetts towns. Two-day rides include the original 192-mile Sturbridge-to-Provincetown route; 186-mile Sturbridge- Bourne-Wellesley route; 169-mile Wellesley-Bourne-Provincetown route. One-day riders choose between the 108-mile Sturbridge-Bourne route and the 89-mile Wellesley-Bourne route.
To become a volunteer, a virtual rider, or make a financial contribution to a rider from your town, visit www.pmc.org or call 800-WE-CYCLE. Checks can be made payable to PMC, 77 Fourth Ave., Needham, MA 02494.