A note from Jim & Ride On – just over 1 month until Ride day!

First, a word from Jim:
I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts with you and thank you for all you do..

Good morning in just over 5 weeks 220 riders and over 200 crew members will head out on a beautiful, early fall morning, to complete the 2017 Harbor to the Bay AIDS benefit Bike ride. This is our FIFTEENTH Year and we are only $43,000.00 away from reaching $5 Million in fundraising. This may not seem that amazing until you understand that there is NO PAID STAFF organizing this event. It is a grassroots endeavor put together by members of our community that care deeply about those living with and impacted by HIV/AIDS and have made it their mission to, NOT STOP until there is a cure!

My name is Jim Morgrage, I am a rider and one of those dedicated community members and I am having a really hard time with all that is going on in our world today. I wanted to take a minute and let you all know that there is SO MUCH GOOD in our community and our world and invite you to take part in it. It is NOT TOO LATE to join us this year, this is a fully supported ride that YOU can do, and if you are not up to riding with us this year we are always looking for crew members who make it all possible. This is an event that will lift you up and fill your soul when you feel all the unconditional love from all the others that are involved.

I want to specifically thank our incredible sponsors, all volunteer committee, beneficiaries, riders, crew members, and the THOUSANDS who sign on and donate to all of us, there really are NO WORDS to express how much you all mean to all of us.

Hugs,

Jim

And now, back our regularly scheduled email:

As of this morning, the 223 riders and 91 crew registered for Ride 14 have raised over $132,000! Don’t delay: the last day to register for riders is September 12th.  If you’re one of the 330+ people already joining us on September 23rd – thank you! If you haven’t signed up, visit www.harbortothebay.org and join us today. Are you a RN, EMT, NP, PA, MD or first-aid certified? We especially need you! Harbor to the Bay depends on volunteers to provide care for our riders and crew on ride day – will you join Ride Fifteens’s medical crew?

Cyber Friday: September 15th
Save the date for our online fundraising event! Harbor to the Bay needs your help to raise $15,000 for our beneficiaries in one day: September 15th. We’ll have shareable graphics on Facebook and Twitter, and we encourage you to set your own fundraising goal for cyber Friday – September 15th can be the day you hit your minimum! Feeling nervous about hitting your minimum? Check out our top fundraising tips.

Travel Discounts
Harbor to the Bay has a list of discounted hotel stays and ferry tickets, including deals at the Harbor Hotel, the Boatslip, Bay State Cruises, and more.  Check the Harbor to the Bay website for currently available discounts. We recommend booking early!

Ride Day Safety
The safety and well-being of riders, crew, and all supporters is our number one priority on Ride Day. Please take a few minutes to watch these mandatory safety videos in preparation for the ride. Click here to watch. Please share the one concerning the Dutch Reach with all your friends who drive. Someone will win an XX2i swag bag if they have completed the videos by Sept 15th. Don’t forget, our friends at XX2i Optics are offering 30% to Harbor to the Bay participants on their website! To redeem this offer, choose some new gear at www.xx2i.com and enter the coupon code H2TB at checkout.  Please feel free to share this offer far and wide!

Tuesday Night Hill Training
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time rider or a veteran – everyone can benefit hill training. Join Joe Richard on Tuesday evenings at the Arnold Arboretum in JP and make sure you’re fully prepared for September 23rd. Find details information about registering on the H2B website.

With just over a month until Ride Day, it’s time to start thinking strategically about your training. Bicycling.com has a great 30-day guide to training for a century ride – take a look and see if it might help your training! Thanks for the link, Adam Solomon!

Harbor to the Bay Events
We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to the team at Mainestreet Ogunquit, who raised nearly $15,000for H2B in one night at their annual Wigs Out Staff Drag Show on August 13th!

August 22nd at Flatbread Pizza in Somerville: Gabby Fortier has teamed up with Flatbread Pizza in Somerville to host a bowling and pizza party. A portion of every flatbread sold that night (including take out!) will go directly to her fundraising efforts for Harbor to the Bay.  Check out the Facebook page for details and don’t forget to tell your friends and family. Come get something delicious, bowl a string, and support H2B!

September 7th – Team YLC & Fenway Health will host a Trivia Night Fundraiser at the Baseball Tavern from 6-8pm. Get your trivia team ready (no more than six people to a team) for some serious competition to support Team YLC!

We look forward to riding and crewing with you for Ride 15 – thank you for all you do to support our beneficiaries! Don’t forget – whether you choose the full or half ride, we’re here to support you, and your +1, every step of the way.

Ride on,
The H2B Board & Planning Committee

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