School of Dentistry bicyclists raise nearly $100,000 for cancer research
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry bicyclists and volunteers turned out in force Saturday, August 11, to raise funds to support cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center. The August 10-12 Chainbreaker bike-a-thon rallied more than 1,000 riders from throughout the University and community, including 78 from the School of Dentistry who rode in two pelotons/teams – Lytic Cycles and School of Dentistry – with each rider completing 25, 50, 100 or 180-mile routes. The event started with a celebration festival Friday evening as riders and guests enjoyed an evening of music, food, fun and a few photos. The next day, the field of more than 1,000 riders took off with contagious energy and enthusiasm under hazy skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. The 25-mile riders finished Friday at Welch Village to bands playing and smoking grills; the 100-milers continued riding, ending their day in Northfield. Those riding 180 miles took off from Northfield the next day and finished the race in Excelsior, an accomplishment accompanied by more food and music.
In 2017, Chainbraker raised $1 million for cancer research. The 2018 totals are still bing tallied, but thusfar the School of Dentistry has raised nearly $100,000 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to support cancer research.
School of Dentistry Peloton
- 70 riders
- 4 virtual riders
- The largest group of volunteers at Chainbreaker!
- Raised: $95,000 as of Tuesday, August 14.
Lytic Cycles Peloton
- 8 riders
- Raised: $3,500 as of Tuesday, August 14.
*Donations are still being accepted: Chainbreakerride.org (Search for the peloton you wish to support).