Welcome to the PMC Kids Ride at Brookwood School!
Check our photos from the 2012 Ride!
Brookwood is proud to host its fourth PMC Kids Ride. We hope to hit the $15,000 mark with funds raised by kids in Manchester, Massachusetts and the twenty-six surrounding communities represented by riders in past years. With the support of riders, volunteers, Brookwood School, Seaside Cycle, Prince Pizza, Manchester Fire and Rescue and the Beverly, Hamilton, Wenham, and Manchester PDs, we are excited to put on the best-ever PMC Kids Ride at Brookwood School! Our After Party features music by and for kids, games and face painting presented by our 7th and 8th Grade PMC Kids Leadership Team, a fire truck and ambulance to explore, a raffle, the Seaside Cycle conference bike, Prince Pizza, and more! Be sure to bring some cash for raffle tickets, and enthusiasm and smiles for a great day of making a difference in the cancer community. Time to get out the bikes, tune them up and practice riding!
Schedule: Saturday May19th, 2012
8:30am Volunteer check in opens
8:45 - 9:15 Rider check in open
9:00 Bike decorating opens :)
9:15-10:30 Trike Track open
9:20 Chebacco Road and Campus Loop riders to staging area (meet ride leaders for bike and helmet check)
9:30 All riders on the line for photos and The National Anthem (Brookwood Road closes to two-way traffic)
9:30 Roll out begins for .75 one-lap Campus Loop riders
9:35 Roll out begins for 1.5 to 6 mile (two - eight laps) Challenge Loop riders
10:00 Roll out begins for 11.3 mile Chebacco Road Loop riders
10:30 Trike Track and Campus Loops close
10:30-12:00 After Party and Chebacco Road Loop welcomes!
Choose one of four routes to fit rider age and experience. Choices include:
1. The Trike Track for 3-year-olds and up who ride tricycles and want to get in on the act!
2. One lap (.75 miles) of The Campus Loop is the right option for Kindergarten and up who ride two wheelers with training wheels and other two-wheeler riders for whom that's just enough riding for one day!
3. For kids in Kindergarten to Grade 7, the two to eight lap (1.5 or up to 6 mile) Challenge Loop gives challenge without riding on more open roads. Kids may do any number of laps up to eight (or 10:30, whichever comes first!)
4. The 11.3 mile Chebacco Road Loop is open to kids in Grades 5 and above. This loop is on mostly flat terrain, with a one-mile section of dirt. Roads are open to traffic. All turns are right-hand turns, and the loop does not cross railroad tracks. Riders will be placed in small groups with experienced adult ride leaders and an adult "sweep." Kids in Grades 3 & 4 may ride the Chebacco Road Loop if they have solid road riding experience and are comfortable riding on roads open to traffic.
**Please note that for reasons of safety, parents may not walk or ride with their children on the routes. Those with riding experience who are interested in being official ride leaders may volunteer as such (see volunteer jobs below!).
Rider and volunteer registration is open on line until Tuesday, May 15. The Chebacco Road Loop will close early if the safety maximum of fifty riders is met before then. There will be no walk-on registration for the Chebacco Road Loop or the multiple lap Campus Challenge Loop. The Trike Track and .75 mile Campus Loop can accommodate some walk-on riders, though pre-registration is preferred for all routes.
Fundraising and Heavy Hitters:
The mission of PMC Kids Rides is to empower kids to make a difference, encourage philanthropy, promote fitness, and raise as much funding as possible for cancer research and patient care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Research in the Dana Farber labs is innovative and essential to finding cures for the many forms of cancer, and improving treatment and outcomes for patients. The Jimmy Fund Clinic continues to provide top-notch care in pediatric oncology, and the new Yawkey Center for Cancer Care is a beautiful and healing space. All riders are asked to raise the $25 suggested fundraising minimum. Please note that the $10 registration fee is not a part of the contribution! Children who raise $250 or more will receive special Heavy Hitter gifts from PMC Headquarters. So, save up your allowances, write emails and letters to friends, family and businesses, organize lemonade stands, run bake sales, make jewelry and art to sell, do odd jobs, or anything else you can think of! You all become Cancer Conquering Superheroes when you ride and raise funds at The PMC Kids Ride at Brookwood School! We'll do it together, one pedal stroke at a time!
To contribute to a specific rider or to the ride itself, click the eGift button and donate on line. Checks made payable to PMC/Jimmy Fund can be sent to Brookwood School, One Brookwood Road, Manchester MA 01944 (attn Jen Cunningham Butler, PMC Kids Ride Site Coordinator)
Check In, May 18 and May 19:
Riders check in at the check-in table between 8:45-9:15 on Saturday, May 19. Each rider receives a number to attach to their bike, a PMC Kids T-shirt to wear during the ride, a PMC Kids water bottle, and a great "tattoo"! If you picked up your registration materials on Friday (see below), you still need to check in at registration so we know you're present. There is bike decorating on the courtyard starting at 9:00 for those in the mood for some pre-ride activity.
Riders can choose to pick up their materials at Brookwood School on Friday, May 18 between 2:00 and 3:30 in the hallway just past the library. See www.brookwood.edu for directions. Never been to Brookwood? Just ask at the main office, and you will be helped by members of the Kids Committee.
You may bring check contributions with you to check-in or send them to Jen Cunningham Butler ahead of time (see above under "fundraising"). Checks made out to PMC/Jimmy Fund will be put in envelopes designated with each rider's name. Please cover cash donations with a personal check so that individual riders may be credited properly.
The PMC Mission rests solidly on the shoulders of our volunteers! Volunteers are needed to run rider check in, to marshall the Campus Loop Courses, and as Ride Leaders for the Chebacco Road, Challenge and Campus Loops. Ride Leaders for the Chebacco Loop are very experienced cyclists (mostly from the "adult" PMC ranks and from local cycling clubs such as ECV, NEBC, BRC and the KIT Crew). Chebacco Road "sweeps," Challenge and Campus Loop Ride Leaders are adults with experience riding with kids, but who do not need to have experience leading group rides. First Aid volunteers are also needed: First Aid and CPR certification required! 7th and 8th graders who want to contribute to the ride by volunteering may sign up to organize and run The After Party.
Staff will help drivers park. Parking is in "Game Day Parking" to the left as drivers come in, as well as in the parking lots in back of Brookwood School. There is *no* parking on the Lower Lot by the Brookwood Pond, as this is the venue for the Trike Track! There is no parking along Brookwood Road or Dan Wise Way. Cars should be parked by 9:25 and will not be moved until after 10:30. The After Party starts at 10:30, so nobody will want to leave anyway! Riding from parking to registration? Please remember that helmets must be worn at all times!
Questions about the routes? Riding? Volunteering? Sponsoring riders? Donating to the raffle? Please contact the Site Coordinator for the PMC Kids Ride at Brookwood School:
Jen Cunningham Butler
(978) 526-4500 x6244