The Miami Dolphins today announced that the fourth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC), a two-day, cycling event with ten ride options from 13-170 miles, benefiting the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, will take place on November 2nd and 3rd, 2013. This vital community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with 100% of rider-raised funds going directly to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“With the unwavering support of Steve Ross and the entire community, we are proud to continue our efforts to expand cancer treatment and research in South Florida as the DCC enters its fourth year,” said Dolphins CEO, Mike Dee. “In just a few short years, the DCC has touched thousands, from riders and volunteers to the brave young patients treated at alex’s place, Sylvester’s pediatric oncology clinic. With the help of our corporate partners and Sylvester, we look forward to setting a new high water mark this year in terms of both cyclists and fundraising.”
The DCC is dedicated to raising funds for lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester. It serves the mission by donating 100% of the money raised by the riders to Sylvester; supporting healthy lifestyles; and encouraging community awareness, education and support of cancer research at Sylvester. In the past three years, the DCC has been an enormous success, attracting more than 3,000 participants and raising almost $4,000,000 for cancer research and treatment at Sylvester.
Money raised by DCC riders has gone to support multiple research programs at Sylvester. These programs include research into novel treatments used through their clinical trials; support at alex’s place (a kid-friendly, 3,200-square-foot pediatric hematology-oncology clinic designed to empower young patients and support their families); and the Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program – a treatment for patients with various types of blood cancer and hematological diseases.
"The DCC represents several key elements of what we stand for; service, family, dedication, and perseverance,” said Dr. Stephen Nimer, Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “ It also reflects our deep commitment to folks who live in the tri-county region, and their support of our mission. Every dollar raised by this amazing event helps us make progress in the fight against cancer."
The DCC offers various ride options for participants of all ages and abilities:
Ride: 2-Day Ride
Ride: Miami Century Ride
Finish: Ocean Drive
Palm Beach 30
Start: City Place
Finish: City Place
West Palm Beach Ride
Start: Mizer Park
Start: Training Camp
On the first day of the ride, entrants have three options: (1) a 100-mile-long “Century Ride” from Sun Life Stadium to West Palm Beach, during which cyclists will travel through the City of Miami over the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach and then up Ocean Drive/AIA to enjoy an end-of-the-ride celebration at CityPlace; (2) a Miami ride starting at Sun Life Stadium that gives riders the opportunity to take in 30 miles of South Florida scenery before ending on Miami Beach and Ocean Drive; and (3) a 30-mile Palm Beach loop that provides riders with the greatest vistas West Palm Beach has to offer.
The second day also features three unique routes, each of which gives riders the opportunity to traverse through Broward County before entering Sun Life Stadium: (1) a 70-mile ride from CityPlace in West Palm Beach to Sun Life Stadium; (2) a 40-mile ride from Mizner Park in Boca Raton to Sun Life Stadium; and (3) a 13-mile ride from Dolphins Training Camp 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.
For child and pre-teen riders, Dolphins Cycling Challenge offers various courses set-up on the grounds of Sun Life Stadium, through the Dolphins Cycling Challenge Kids Ride.
Individuals and teams interested in participating in the Dolphins Cycling Challenge are encouraged to visit www.rideDCC.com.
All adult riders will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the Miami Dolphins game versus the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, November 24th. Riders who attend the game will be honored in a special on-field pre-game ceremony celebrating their fundraising efforts. There is a registration fee of $150 per rider and a fundraising goal ranging from $250 to $1200, depending on the ride selected. 100% of the rider-raised funds will go to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The DCC is actively seeking participants, corporate partners, and volunteers to assist the Miami Dolphins Special Teams volunteer corps. For more information, please visit www.rideDCC.com.
About the Dolphins Cycling Challenge
Following the logo and uniform redesign launched by the Dolphins earlier this year, the DCC has updated its brand to embody not only the logo redesign, but also the growth and success the organization has experienced since its inception. The new-look DCC highlights the connection between the Miami Dolphins relationship and the focus on the riders’ commitment to raising funds to support Sylvester. The rebranding roll-out will be seen throughout its materials and online at its website (RideDCC.com) and social media platforms. Follow the DCC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rideDCC, Instagram at RideDCC, and on Twitter @RideDCC/#RideDCC.
About the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins, owned by Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, currently play in the AFC East of the National Football League. The organization has played in five Super Bowls, winning championships in 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII). The franchise also has won five conference championships and 13 division championships and is the oldest continuous major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida. For more information, visit the organization’s website at Dolphins.com.
About the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at UHealth—University of Miami Health System. Sylvester handles 1,300 inpatient admissions annually, performs more than 2,400 surgical procedures, and treats more than 4,400 new cancer patients. All Sylvester cancer specialists are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in approximately 200 clinical trials and receive $55 million annually in research grants. Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties, and now offers appointments with 30 physicians from 14 of Sylvester’s 15 site disease groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events. Sylvester also has clinical offices and treatment centers in Kendall and a recently opened facility in Plantation to better serve patients in southern Miami-Dade and Broward counties. www.sylvester.org