Nine Ridgefield residents to cycle 192 miles in Pan-Mass Challenge

Nine Ridgefield residents will cycle in the 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) on Aug. 4 and 5, covering up to 192 miles to raise money for critical cancer research and patient care.

Over the two days PMC occurs, cyclists will traverse at least 192 miles, with options of varying routes to fit the riders’ experience level. Each rider is required to meet a minimum of $600 raised for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“After surpassing our goal and raising $51 million for Dana-Farber last year, we are excited to keep the momentum going as we approach our 39th PMC ride weekend,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC.

Ridgefielders riding in PMC include William Butler, Jon Chase, Alex Leritz, Nick Lieder, David Maher, Thomas Mantione, Tizzie Mantione, Oliver Mullins and Connie Reiss.

In addition to the nine riders from Ridgefield, 6,300 other cyclists from 40 states and 10 countries will be converging on Massachusetts for PMC.

Each rider in the peloton has a different reason for competing, whether it’s to honor a family member, or support a friend fighting cancer, the main goal is to top last year’s gift of $52 million for cancer research and care.

“We are continuously humbled by the dedication and generosity of our riders, volunteers, donors, sponsors and community members,” Starr said. A total of 850 riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or patients, who dedicate their time to help raise money through PMC for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Through its fund-raising organization, the Jimmy Fund, PMC will donate 100% of the money raised by the riders. PMC currently is the largest contributor to the Jimmy Fund, taking up 53% of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.

Since its beginning in 1980, PMC has donated a total of $598 million to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute over the last 38 years.

The PMC is presented by the Red Sox Foundation and New Balance. To make a financial contribution to a rider from Ridgefield or become a virtual rider, visit, or call 800-WE-CYCLE. #PanMass2018 can be accessed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.