NBC Connecticut is proud to be connecting you with the Closer to Free Ride presented by Bank of America, on Saturday, September 7.
"Connecticut’s Best Ride" ride benefits Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Riders choose to take on 10, 25, 40, 65 or 100 miles on professionally designed and supported routes traveling through wooded hills and seaside vistas.
After leaving the iconic Yale Bowl after an inspiring and emotional Opening Ceremony, riders pause in front of Smilow Cancer Hospital for the Smilow Salute, where patients, doctors and nurses line the sidewalks and greet the riders to thank them.
One hundred percent of participant fundraising goes to cancer research and care, including clinical trials, survivorship programs, cancer genetics and prevention programs.
Smilow Cancer Hospital is Connecticut’s largest provider of cancer care, treating more than 45% of the 20,000 patients diagnosed with cancer annually in the state.
You don’t have to ride a bike to enjoy the day. The Finish Line Festival has kids activities, food trucks and live music. Visit us at the NBC Connecticut tent at the Finish Line Festival.
You can also do your part by volunteering, donating to the Ride and visiting one of the many cheering stations along the route listed on the Ride website. You can find more information on the Closer to Free ride here.