Welcome to the Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride! Pan Mass Challenge events have an unwavering commitment to finding a cure for cancer. Since its start in 1980, the PMC has raised $500,000,000.00 for cancer research and cancer care. 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 rides account for over half of the total funding for the Jimmy Fund each year. On September 18, kids in the Greater Newburyport area will continue this established tradition of bike riding and fundraising for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund for the fifth year. Last year, the PMC Kids Rides collectively raised approximately $730,000.00! 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 Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride will bring us "closer by the mile” to a cure!
PMC Kids Ride Schedule at a glance for September 18, 2016 (please note that times may vary slightly)
8:30 am: :Volunteers arrive and meet with Crew Leaders. Coffee and bagels will be provided.9:00-9:45am:
Check In/Registration (pick up t shirts, water bottles, bike numbers).
Opening Ceremony/group photo/rider warm up.
Kids ages 4-13 Blaze a Trail on Clipper City Rail Trail!
10:30 am-11:00 am
Obstacle course for 3 wheelers
Fun at Cashman Park. Enjoy music provided by the WROR Street Team!
We need lots of volunteers!
Kids 14 and over and adults are encouraged to register on line as a volunteer. There is a role for everyone! Please refer to the "register to volunteer” section on this website for descriptions of the volunteer positions. Parents, please sign up as a volunteer ride marshal if you want to ride. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt too!
- Clipper City Rail Trail (Ages 4-13)
- Basketball court at Cashman Park (Tricycle/Big Wheel riders only-ages 3 and up)
Our goal is to raise as much money for The Jimmy Fund as possible and to have fun while doing it! We encourage kids to be creative raising money for this cause which is important to all of us! Just click on "fundraising” for some good ideas! With help from parents, kids can set up their own PMC Kids rider page or family page and spread the word to friends and relatives near and far!
Riders have until October 1, 2016 to raise funds for The Jimmy Fund. We have a fundraising minimum of $25.00 per rider. We hope that many riders will raise more than this! Riders raising $250.00 or more will be recognized by the PMC as HEAVY HITTERS! Any riders raising $750 and more will be recognized as Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special backpack!
Download the Pledge Form
ALL RIDERS (CHILDREN AND ADULTS) MUST WEAR PROPERLY FITTING AND SECURED BIKE HELMETS. Please review Bike Path Safety and Etiquette prior to the ride.
The Day of the Ride in Detail:
Suggested parking for the event: 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 baseball field and playground. Meet with Crew leaders. Review job expectations/responsibilities.
9:00-9:45am: Check In/Registration Pick up t shirts, water bottles, and bike numbers. Hand in money raised through fundraising in the form of a check. We will have envelopes and labels for each rider. PMC Kids prefers, however, that donations be processed on line through the website. Please attach bike number to your child’s bike.
9:45-10:00am: Opening Ceremony at Cashman Park between playground and baseball field. We will take a group photo. Warm up for riders.
10:00-11:00am: Kids ages 4-13 Blaze a Trail on Clipper City Bike Trail! Riders will be started in groups of 10 by age group (older riders first) with one volunteer ride marshal per group. Start will be staggered by age group. Riders will travel the 1.1 mile length of the Clipper City Rail Trail to just before Parker Street 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. Riders should get off of their bikes at the finish and walk their bikes back 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. Remember though, 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/children at the finish. 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.
Younger kids will enjoy face painting, bike decorating, applying tattoos, entertainment, etc.
10:30 am: There will be an obstacle course set up on the basketball court at Cashman Park for those riding big wheels and tricycles. Parents of these children should line the perimeter of the basketball court.
11:00am-12:00 pm: Fun at Cashman Park (entertainment, refreshments, face painting, temporary tatoos, and balloon artist)