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Pan-Mass Challenge charity ride this weekend

August 3, 2012
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BOSTON—Thousands of cyclists are taking to the roads this weekend for the 33rd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge charity bicycle ride.

The fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund kicks off Friday with opening ceremonies in Sturbridge.

Nearly 2,700 riders, including U.S. Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, are scheduled to leave Sturbridge in the pre-dawn hours Saturday for the main event, a two-day, 190-mile ride to Provincetown. Both senators are participating the first day. Another 2,100 riders are scheduled to pedal off from Wellesley for other routes of varying lengths.

The routes go through 46 towns.

The Pan-Mass Challenge has raised about $338 million for cancer research, including $35 million last year, making it the most successful athletic fund-raising event in the country. This year's goal is $36 million.

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