CHICAGO — Bicyclists will ride up to 200 miles to raise money for an HIV awareness and treatment group.
The group, called Test Positive Aware Network, is hosting its annual Ride for Life event Sept. 7-8. Participants ride their bikes from Edgewater to Sawyer, Michigan, and then back for a closing ceremony. The money they raise goes to the network, which works to “save and empower lives affected by HIV and its many health challenges,” according to its website.
Bicyclists who are riding for 200 miles take off from Edgewater, biking through the city and then into Indiana and ending in Michigan. There, they can shower, relax and participate in activities at Tower Hill Camp and Retreat Center. They’re met by the 100-mile riders at the camp.
The next morning, the bicyclists ride back to the city with the 100-mile riders joining in.
Once back in Edgewater, all the participants celebrate. A closing ceremony honors top achievers and past participants who have died.
Riders must raise at least $1,200, and non-riders, crew members and legacy/virtual riders must raise $500 or more. Bicyclists can get help from the Test Positive Aware Network for raising money.
Registration is available online.