More than 1,000 cyclists biked between 30 and 100 miles across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties as part of the third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge earlier today. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with proceeds going to directly to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“Steve Ross and the Miami Dolphins are thrilled to be a part of this cornerstone philanthropic initiative,” said Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. “South Florida is a world-class community deserving of a world-class cancer center. We hope Sylvester can continue growing its footprint and positively impacting those in our community who face the challenges associated with this insidious disease.”
Participants had the opportunity to take part in several rides in conjunction with the DCC this morning. Cyclists participated in the 100-mile-long “Century Ride” from Sun Life Stadium to West Palm Beach, where they traveled through the City of Miami over the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach and then up Ocean Drive/AIA where they enjoyed an end-of-the-ride celebration at CityPlace. Other cyclists took part in the Miami ride starting at Sun Life Stadium. This route gave riders the opportunity to take in 30 miles of South Florida scenery before ending up back at the Miami Beach Marina. Additionally, cyclists also had the chance to take part in a 30-mile Palm Beach Loop that provided them with the greatest vistas West Palm Beach has to offer.
“Today was a great day for the Dolphins Cycling Challenge and even a better day for cancer research in South Florida,” said Dolphins Cycling Challenge CEO Michael Mandich. “The community has really embraced this event and the emotions and enthusiasm from the participants today was extremely evident throughout the event. I look forward to tomorrow and am excited that the money raised from this event will make such an impact in South Florida.”
Day two of the DCC will begin Sunday. The day will feature two unique routes, both of which give riders the opportunity to traverse a secured portion of I-595 before entering Sun Life Stadium: (1) a 70-mile ride from CityPlace in West Palm Beach to Sun Life Stadium; and (2) a 30-mile ride from Ft. Lauderdale to Sun Life Stadium. All Day 2 riders will enter Sun Life Stadium through the players’ tunnel and join an on-field Finish Line Celebration. Additionally, child and pre-teen riders can take part in various courses set-up on the grounds of Sun Life Stadium.