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2019 PMC Kids Rides

Newburyport

Sunday, June 9, 2019
Clipper City Rail Trail and Cashman Park

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Event Details

  • Sunday, June 9, 2019
  • Clipper City Rail Train and Cashman Park
  • 9 am to 12 pm
  • Ages 2 to 15
  • Registration fee: $10
  • Required fundraising minimum: $30
  • Contact: Kelly Mahon

Welcome to the Newburyport PMC Kids Ride!

The Pan-Mass Challenge has an unwavering commitment to finding a cure for cancer. Since its start in 1980, the PMC has raised $654 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Although each individual rider has a personal reason for taking part in the event, they are strongly united in their cause…cure cancer. The monies raised from the PMC account for over half of the total funding for the Jimmy Fund each year.

On June 9, 2019, kids in the Greater Newburyport area will continue this established tradition of bike riding and fundraising for DFCI for its eighth year. Last year, the PMC Kids Rides collectively raised approximately $950,000! 

Make the commitment to join us because you want to help cure cancer! This ride is dedicated to all of our loved ones whose lives were cut short by cancer and to those who continue to inspire us as they live with cancer. The Newburyport PMC Kids Ride will bring us "closer by the mile” to a cure!

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Schedule of Events

Suggested parking: There is parking at Cashman Park Soccer Field and Cashman Park Boat Ramp. Please use extreme caution making your way to the playground area of Cashman Park from the parking areas, as there are boat ramps in use. 

  • 8:30 am – Volunteers arrive and meet at Cashman Park between the baseball field and playground. Meet with crew leaders and review job expectations and responsibilities. 
  • 9 - 9:30 amCheck In/Registration: Pick up rider t-shirts, water bottles and bike numbers (must be put on your child's bike). While we prefer donations to be done online, if you have fundraising checks you can drop it them off at this point.
  • 9:30 - 10 amOpening Ceremonies: At Cashman Park between the playground and baseball field. We will do a warm up for riders and take a group photo.
  • 10 - 11 am – Clipper City Rail Trail riders (ages 4 - 13) head out on the bike trail! Riders will be started in groups of 10 by age group (older riders first). Slower riders and those on training wheels who require 1:1 parental supervision will be started in a final group of riders, each rider with a parent companion rider or walker. (see routes description for more information about this route)
  • 10:15 am – There will be an obstacle course set up on the tennis court at Cashman Park for those riding big wheels and tricycles. (see routes description for more information about this route)
  • 11 am - 12 pmFun at Cashman Park! There will be entertainment, refreshments, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon artists and more! 

Routes

  • Clipper City Rail Train (Ages 4 - 13): Riders will ride the 1.1-mile length of the Clipper City Rail Train to just before Parker St. where they will reverse direction and return to Cashman Park. The finish will be just to the right of the rotary in front of the playground. When riders are done, they should get off their bikes at the finish and walk them over to the designated bike parking area. Kids ages 10 - 13 who are still rearing to go can enter the rotary, loop around to the left and set out to do the route a second time. There will be a volunteer ride marshal with each group of riders - 10 to a group.

    Remember - THIS IS A RIDE NOT A RACE! Only volunteers and riders should be on the rail trail. Parents can cheer on the riders from the grassy areas at Cashman Park and meet their child at the finish. 
  • Trike Obstacle Course at Cashman Park: Big wheel and tricycle riders (ages 3 and up) can ride around the obstacle course set up on the tennis courts at Cashman Park. Parents of these children should line the perimeter of the tennis court. 

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Register to Ride

Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account in order to register their child or family. When creating an account, please enter the parent's information first as there will be a separate part in registration to enter the child's information. During registration there is the option to join or create a team, as well as create a family page. Parents will need to sign a waiver and commit to the $30 fundraising minimum per rider.

Once registration is complete, parents will receive an email with information on how to log into their management page to customize donation pages and to track donations. 

Fundraising

The fundraising minimum for each rider is $30 and is due by September 1, 2019. 

Riders who go above and beyond with their fundraising will be recognized Heavy Hitters or Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special gift in recognition of their fundraising efforts. 

  • Heavy Hitter – $300+ (riders will receive a sack pack)
  • Breakaway Fundraiser– $800+ (riders will receive a backpack)

Fundraising Tips

  • Customize your rider profile page (include why you are riding and a photo)
  • Start your fundraising early
  • Send out hand-written letters or emails to your friends and family
  • Host a fundraising party
  • Use social media to spread the word
Click here for more fundraising tips

Donate

100 percent of all rider-raised dollars go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Donate online or by check. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC. Please send all checks to:

PMC Kids Rides
77 4th Ave
Needham, MA 02494

Make sure that the rider's name is listed so they can receive credit!

Safety

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet (children and adults must wear helmets if they are riding).
  2. Ride in control – this is not a race.
  3. Hands should remain on handlebars.
  4. Never wear any kind of headphones. You need to hear clearly.
  5. Follow the ride guides and volunteers.
  6. When passing, make sure to yell “on your left!”
  7. If you need to slow down or stop to cross an intersection or obstacle, yell “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you.

Each PMC Kids Ride has a licensed medical professional on site. 

Register to Volunteer

To make this a successful event we need lots of volunteers! Teenagers (13+) and adults are welcome to register online as a volunteer. All volunteers will receive an official PMC Kids Rides volunteer t-shirt!

Local Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! 

  • Bourque Quality homes
  • Halley Elevator Co.
  • Newburyport Bank

In Kind Sponsors:

  • Abraham's Bagels
  • Buttermilk Baking Co.
  • Ciao Bella
  • Coastal Music Services
  • Emergency Ice Company
  • Exchange Club of Newburyport
  • Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
  • Carmela Murphy
  • Haley's Ice Cream
  • Hodgie's Ice Cream & Hodgies Too
  • Jay Murphy
  • Laura Kozlowski Photography
  • Leo's Super Bowl
  • Newburyport Dental
  • Nick's Pizza
  • Pepsi Company
  • Pretty Poppy

  • Julia Pike
  • Harbor Creamery
  • Isabella Riethmueller
  • Latitudes Sports Club
  • Newburyport Whale Watch
  • Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante
  • Plum Island Kayak
  • Riverside Cycle Newburyport
  • Shamrock Rink (Management at the Graf Rink)
  • Starbucks of Newburyport
  • Tri-Rent-All of Hampton
  • Tom's Discount
  • The Winner's Circle Running Club
  • Jen Wright Signs
  • Yankee Clipper Harbor Tours
  • 9th Wave Sailing Charters

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Newburyport PMC Kids Rides relies on local sponsors to help keep costs low and so that the PMC can continue to donate 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you or your company are interested in becoming a sponsor or to donate items (pizza, ice cream, snacks, sporting tickets, gift cards, baskets, etc.), please click on the button below.