Ride to Survive adds 60 mile route


The Friends Foundation at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) will be staging its 8th annual Ride to Survive on Saturday, June 9.
Over the years, the event has grown, but the mission has not changed. 100% of funds raised during the event continue to be used for the original purpose – to enhance cancer treatment, education and research at the Alan P. Lyss Center for Cancer Care and Clinical research and Infusion Center at SGCMH.
This year, organizers are switching things up a bit.
“Riders can enjoy a leisurely eight-mile ride through the city of Ste. Genevieve or really challenge themselves with a 30-mile or even a 60-mile ascent challenge through scenic wine country,” said Shawn Long, Director of Friends. “The die-hard cyclists will really appreciate this 60-mile ride. For many it’s a practice run for the bigger races around the state. Half-way through this course, participants will receive pickle juice shots—a delicacy of sorts that we’re told long-distance riders really appreciate. Who knew? For those who would rather keep one foot on the ground at all times, we also have a 5K walk/run course.”
Riders are encouraged to bring their families in for the ride, and if they aren’t riders themselves there will be plenty for them to do.
“Ste. Genevieve is having its annual French Heritage Festival on this day with all sorts of activities—storytelling, historic home tours, folk dancing, living history, garden tours and much more in and around the historic district,” said Long. “It’ll be a fun day for everyone.”
All Ride to Survive participants receive a t-shirt with their registration fee and are invited to show off their event shirt and receive discounts at select businesses in the historic downtown area during the French Heritage Festival. A full list of benefits will be included in the rider bag.
The Ride will get underway at 7 am with registration; followed by a 7:30 am kickoff celebration; and an 8 am start time. Registration is available online.

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