Cycling For Cancer Research


Empire State Ride Long Island event kicks off July 24

Come join the first ever Empire State Ride Long Island cycling event on Saturday, July 24, to raise money towards innovative cancer research. Catholic Health on Long Island and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo partnered with Empire State Ride Long Island and the Town of Oyster Bay to help fund cancer research including clinical trials, which are some patients’ last hope.

Empire State Ride Long Island’s first ever cycling event is on Saturday, July 24. (Photo by Jeremy Morowitz)

Participants can choose from a 10-, 25-, and 62-mile route through the Town of Oyster Bay. The ride will start and end at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. Riders will be able to see the beautiful Gold Coast region while helping save lives with their fundraising efforts. Besides the 25-dollar registration fee, riders will commit to fundraising a minimum amount based on their route ($250 for the 10- and 25-mile routes, $350 for the 62-mile route, and $75 for riders under 18 on any route).

You can register as an individual or with a team. This ride is family-friendly, and all participants are welcome.

“It’s really a big partnership with the community to celebrate the community and do some good work,” co-chair of Empire State Ride Steve Mars said.

Breakfast will be provided for the cyclists before the ride and food trucks will pop up on the beach afterwards for everyone to enjoy. Oyster Bay Brewery will also be making an Empire State Ride beer and a portion of proceeds are going to the same cause.

WBAB and BLI radio will also be at the event to provide music and vendors will have giveaways. Guest speakers will also be at the event. Some anticipated speakers include the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino, the CEO of Catholic Health, oncologists and experts on cancer research, and cancer survivors. Two bike shops, Trek Bicycle from Plainview and Bike Rescue will be there to assist the cyclists as well.

Mars believes the event will be a celebration of life and all the good work we are doing to fund. It will be emotional because we will recognize the survivors and those we’ve loved and lost from this horrible disease.

Eighty eight riders already signed up and a total of $23,483 has been raised thus far. Join the effort and contribute to the cause by registering at

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