NAPLES, Fla. (Nov. 4, 2022) — Whether you’re celebrating survival or honoring a loved one, the Pan-Florida Challenge Cancer Ride (PFC) welcomes cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride on March 25-26, 2023. Very early registration is now open, and you can choose from multiple routes in Naples – including through Paradise Coast Sports Complex – and Tampa while getting the lowest registration fees and fundraising goals available for the event.
“We are so excited to open registration for the 2023 ride. Many of the cyclists have survived cancer or experienced it through a loved one, so the ride is very meaningful and it’s personally fulfilling to be able to help others whose lives are being impacted by the disease,” Jeri Goetz, Executive at Pan-Florida Challenge, said. “Each year, as we gear up for the event, we are reminded of the importance of our mission and doing all we can to support patients and to help prevent cancer. This year, we have extended the very early registration to Thanksgiving week, and we are extremely thankful for the support as children are in greater need of food and other necessities due to inflation and Hurricane Ian. ”
Pan-Florida Challenge is a non-profit organization that provides nutritious meals to underprivileged and hungry children, as malnutrition has been shown to increase the risk of developing cancer. In addition, Pan-Florida Challenge partners with organizations, such as Moffitt Cancer Center, to fund cancer research and support for cancer patients of all ages and their families. Every dollar raised by the riders directly supports Pan-Florida Challenge’s mission.
Very Early Registration ends on Nov. 30 and Early Registration runs through Dec. 15. Rides are designed for cyclists of all skill levels, with routes ranging from 10 to 125 miles. A fundraising minimum is required which is cut in half for new riders. Pan-Florida assists all participating cyclists with reaching and exceeding their fundraising goals.
Meet fellow cyclists, volunteers and sponsors at the PFC Kickoff Party on March 24, from 6 to 8:00 p.m., at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex. This will also be the start and end point of the March 25 ride in Naples. Ten, 30, 62, 100, and 125 mile routes are offered in addition to the PFC Junior, a quarter-mile lap on a sidewalk around the lake that is ideal for trikes and bikes with training wheels and scooters.
“We are delighted to host the Pan-Florida Challenge at PCSC, supporting their mission and continuing ours to provide a variety of new and exciting events in Collier County,” said Paradise Coast Sports Complex General Manager Adrian Moses.
Cyclists who complete their route will receive a finisher medal. Those who register for the PFC Junior and the 10 and 30 mile routes will receive a t-shirt, and riders of 62 miles or more will receive a PFC cycling jersey. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided and all participants are welcome to celebrate after the ride with live DJ entertainment, giant Jenga, corn hole and other activities.
The Tampa ride offers 10, 30, 62, and 100 mile routes that will start and finish in the Telecom Parkway area. Goetz added, “We’re excited to offer rides in Tampa for the third year. In addition to funding weekend backpack meals, proceeds will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center, and we’re cycling right by one of their buildings!” More information on the Tampa ride will be available in the coming weeks.
To learn more about start times, registration fees, and fundraising minimums please visit https://panfloridachallenge.org/ride-overview/.
The Pan-Florida Challenge wouldn’t be possible without the support of generous sponsors. If your business is interested in sponsoring the 2023 ride, please visit panfloridachallenge.org/sponsors for more information.
About Pan-Florida Challenge
Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to fund cancer prevention research and education, provide financial support for cancer patients, and distribute cancer fighting food to undernourished children throughout Florida. Founded in 2014, PFC partners with elementary schools throughout the state to distribute weekend backpack meals, also known as PFC Power Packs and Family Weekend Backpack Meals. These meals contain nutritious food items that meet or exceed the USDA’s dietary recommendation for elementary school aged children. To date, PFC has provided more than 8 million meals to hungry children – all with the help of annual fundraising events, grants, sponsorships, and benefactors. For more information please visit panfloridachallenge.org.
About Paradise Coast Sports Complex
Paradise Coast Sports Complex is a state-of-the-art sports complex located in Naples, Fla. It’s a premiere travel destination that offers professional-quality sports fields, on-site entertainment, and concessions. Paradise Coast Sports Complex is a member of the SF Network, the Nation’s largest and fastest-growing network of sports facilities and is operated by the industry leader in outsourced operations, The Sports Facilities Companies. For more information, visit www.playparadisecoast.com.