Empire State Ride Bicyclists Cross the Finish Line After 518-mile Trek for the Fight Against Cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Empire State Ride bicyclists crossed the finish line on Saturday after a seven-day, 518-mile journey across the state to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Riders from across the Northeast and as far away as France raised nearly $55,000 as part of this unique and awe-inspiring event.

“Not only is this event a one-of-a-kind experience for our participants, it’s also a way to give back to a cause that has touched us all,” Jay Josker, Empire State Ride Coordinator, said. “We are grateful to this incredible group of supporters for their dedication and we’re excited that the inaugural Empire State Ride was such a success.”

The riders embarked from Battery Park in New York City on Sunday, Aug. 16. Participants rode an average of 74 miles per day through the most scenic parts of the state — from the big city to the countryside and everything in between. Overnight stops included the Hudson Valley, Albany, Utica, Syracuse and Rochester. On Saturday, riders crossed the finish line in front of one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

“Last week was such an amazing adventure. I met awesome people, discovered breathtaking landscapes and pushed my limits,” Anne-Fleur Andrle, a participant from Somerville, Mass., said. “I am grateful to the Empire State Ride for this amazing opportunity and I’m looking forward to coming back again!”

The Empire State Ride, the only bike event to cross the state, raises funds for cancer research and compassionate patient-care programs at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, located in Buffalo, N.Y. Roswell Park was founded in 1898 as the nation’s first cancer center and is a leader in cancer research, treatment and education.

More information is available at EmpireStateRide.com, and registration for the 2016 ride is now open. 

Media Contact

Jessica Bagley, Sr. Communications Coordinator 
716-845-1027; jessica.bagley@roswellpark.org