The ride offers a way for teenagers to become part of the PMC mission, involving young people in volunteerism and fundraising in a safe and athletic way, and participants can earn community service hours for their involvement. Last year’s inaugural ride involved over 100 teens from 20 high schools and three countries, and together, they raised over $13,000.00 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The PMC Teen Mountain Bike Ride was started in 2012 by Wellesley brother-sister duo and Kids’ Ride veterans, Matthew Piispanen, 17, and Nicole Piispanen, 15. Both have participated in the PMC Kids’ Ride program since they were in elementary school when they organized Team Wipeout. This year, they hope to increase fundraising to $30,000. A party is scheduled after the event with student DJs, food, and raffle prizes. Two mountain bikes will be given away; one awarded to the top fundraiser and one in the raffle.
To spread the word about the ride, Matthew and Nicole created this PMC Teen Mountain Bike Ride video, and they hope participants will share it on their Facebook pages: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEDipoi-rDU)
PMC Teen Mountain Bike Ride: Held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Hale Reservation, located at 80 Carby Street in Westwood, MA. To register for the PMC Teen Mountain Bike Ride visit www.kids.pmc.org/tmbr.aspx. For more information, contact Wendy Horn at email@example.com or call 800-WE-CYCLEPMC.