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 $338,000,000.00 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 and PMC Kids rides accounts for over half of the total funding for the Jimmy Fund each year. On June 23, 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 second year. Last year, 33 PMC Kids Rides together raised $829,000.00! 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 June 23, 2013
8:00 am:Volunteers arrive and meet with Crew Leaders.9:00-9:45am:
Check In/Registration (pick up t shirts, water bottles, bike numbers)
Kids ages 10-13 Blaze a Trail on Clipper City Rail Trail!
10:30 am-11:00 am
Obstacle course for 3 wheelers
Kids ages 4-9 take to the Clipper City Rail Trail
Fun at Cashman Park
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 through September 2013 to raise additional 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! Amesbury Skate & Sport Shop has offered a fundraising incentive. Riders will receive one chance to win a new bike (up to $250.00 value) for each $25.00 raised. Bike drawing will be held in September.
Download the Pledge Form
ALL RIDERS (CHILDREN AND ADULTS) MUST WEAR PROPERLY FITTING AND SECURED BIKE HELMETS. Representatives from Amesbury Skate & Sport Shop will be on hand to provide complimentary bike safety checks and handle minor repairs. Please review Bike Path Safety and Etiquette prior to the ride.
The Day of the Ride in Detail:
Designated parking for the event is at 3 locations: Please allow sufficient time to walk to Cashman Park from each lot.
- MBTA Newburyport Commuter Rail station (Lot C) on Parker Street, Cross Parker Street at crosswalk and you arrive at the far end of Clipper City Rail Trail.
- Henry Graf Jr. Memorial Skating Rink 28 Low Street, We have permission to park in front of the building only. There is access to the Clipper City Rail Trail from the side parking lot (on right when facing building)
- Behind the Towle Building at 260 Merrimac Street. There is a path along the river leading to Cashman Park Please use extreme caution if using this path as there are boat ramps in use. Alternatively, you can walk across the parking lot at the Merrimac Street end, cross the driveway and walk straight to the playground area of Cashman Park.
8:00 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. Please bring bike to designated bike parking area and take note of where the bike is parked.
9:45-10:00am: Opening Ceremony at Cashman Park between playground and baseball field. We will take a group photo.
10:00-11:00am: Kids ages 10-13 Blaze a Trail on Clipper City Bike Trail! Riders will be started in groups of 10 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. Those who are still rearing to go can enter the rotary, loop around to the left and set out to do the route again. 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.
Younger kids will enjoy face painting, 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-12:00pm: Kids ages 4-9 take to the Clipper City Rail Trail for one hour.
We will assign one adult ride marshal for every 10 children.
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.
10:00am-1:00 pm: Fun at Cashman Park (entertainment, refreshments, face painting, temporary tatoos, and balloon artist)
Main Contact: Tara Mahon McQuaid
Volunteer Contact: Diane Xenelis
Registration Contact: Kelly Mahon