PMC Kids Ride!

On Saturday, June 15 we will be hosting our 15th annual Bedford PMC Kids Ride. Grab your bikes and join children and family members from Bedford and surrounding towns to ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

The Pan Mass Challenge: More Than Meets the Eye

By Jean and Ralph Hammond
In the words of Billy Star, the Founder of the Pan Mass Challenge, “Cycling long distance is an accomplishment in and of itself. But the real glory comes from channeling that physical, mental and emotional energy into a goal greater than athletic achievement. With every mile we pedal, PMC riders bring cancer researchers closer to a cure.”

In the words of almost all the riders, “Volunteers  are the PMC ride’s unsung heroes!” Each of the nearly 6,000 bikers, 4,000+ volunteers, and many of the Pan Mass Challenge corporate supporters has a personal passion for finding a cure for cancer, but not all of them can be, or want to be, riders. The PanMass Challenge is much more than its riders cycling many miles on the ten different routes during the first weekend in August.

Thank You for Another Fantastic Year from the 2016 PMC Bedford Kids Ride

Submitted by the PMC Bedford Kids Ride

The rain held out just long enough for over 300 riders and 150 volunteers to complete one of the best annual events in Bedford – the PMC Bedford Kids Ride, kids helping to raise over $60,000 for a great cause, the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This is the reason we ride: Bedford’s 2016 Pedal Partner Brooklyn Russell endured 18 months of intense treatment at Children’s Hospital and the Jimmy Fund battling Neuroblastoma. We are happy to report that at the completion of her therapy, she continues to stay NED (no evidence of disease) and will continue with oncologist appointments every 3months. Many thanks to all who made the 2016 PMC Bedford Kids Ride possible

Our Volunteer Team Leaders

Co-chairs Nancy Gilroy and Tara Goss
Committee team members Nicole Abair, Anna Craver, Judy Craver, Laura Keating, Tracy Norman, Elisabeth Piquet, Marty Rogers and Jane Wilkinson. Everyone pulled together to ensure a fun, safe event that all families could enjoy.

The 2016 PMC Bedford Kids’ Ride Draws Hundreds of Riders Raising Funds to Fight Cancer

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Hundreds of cyclists left the John Glenn Middle School this morning, heading out to test their mettle, and to raise funds in the 2016 Pan Mass Challenge Bedford Kids Ride. The youngest headed to Wally’s Way, an ‘obstacle course for tykes on trikes’ enclosed in the JGMS tennis court. Other young riders took Yawkey Way, a 1/2 mile loop around the school grounds using training wheels; and more experienced riders did the Green Monster, 3 miles through Bedford’s neighborhoods. There were longer, more difficult rides: Big Papi, 5 miles and Big Papi Slam, a challenging 10-miler. Fenway, a 12-mile off-road route along the Reformatory Branch Trail, brought riders in grade 6 and above to a water stop at Concord’s Old Manse, before returning to Bedford along the same route.

Tomorrow: PMC Bedford Kids Ride – Road Closures and Safe-riding Hints

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Police Department

Police Chief Robert Bongiorno would like to remind drivers on town streets and riders in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids and Teen Ride on Saturday, June 11, to be safe while they ride to victory over cancer.  “We want all riders, spectators, and families attending the annual Pan-Mass Challenge Bedford Kids and Teen Ride to have a safe and enjoyable experience,” Chief Bongiorno said. Click to read everything else you need to know
Road Closures for PMC Kids Ride on June 11

Railroad Avenue and McMahon Road will be closed from 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. for the occasion. For the safety of the riders, there will be no parking allowed on either side of Railroad Avenue or in the side Middle School parking lot where the event is held.  Parking is available at the High School and Depot Park.  You can drop your kids and bikes off at the Middle School parking lot and then park or park and ride your bikes up!  We appreciate your cooperation and ask that you arrive on time. Safety on the Roads

More than 450 kids from Bedford and the surrounding communities will be coming together at John Glenn Middle School to participate in this annual event, with money raised going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund. All kid riders will be put in a group with 10-12 other kids and an adult volunteer. Drivers on town roads are reminded to watch, slow down and be patient for the kids who have raised nearly $1 million with sponsors, in the past 12 years to fight back against a disease that affects so many.

PMC Bedford Kids Ride on Saturday – There’s Still Time to Register to Ride or to Help!

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Grab your bikes and join over 450 kids from Bedford and surrounding towns to ride in support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund on Saturday morning, June 11. This is Bedford’s 12th PMC Kids Ride, and thanks to our riders and sponsors we have raised just over $1 Million dollars!! The PMC Kids Ride gives everyone an opportunity to fight back against a disease that takes so much, at so many ages, while simultaneously stressing the importance of raising funds to find a cure for all cancers. Are you registered yet???  There’s still time! Click here to register to ride:
Click here to register as a volunteer

Here’s all the information you’ll need to know for a great day on Saturday:


9:00 am – On-site registration and all bikers arrive to get in their route corrals.

PMC Kids Ride ~ June 11 ~ Introducing Brooklyn, Bedford’s Pedal Partner

Submitted by the Bedford PMC Kids Ride

We are honored to introduce our Pedal Partner – Brooklyn. Brooklyn was diagnosed with High Risk Neuroblastoma on January 22nd, 2014. Brookie spent nearly all of 2014 at Boston Children’s Hospital following a harsh treatment protocol involving six months of chemotherapy, a 14 hour tumor resection surgery, bone marrow transplant, radiation, and immunotherapy. Over the course of her treatment she trucked through numerous complications and harsh side effects with a smile on her face! Two years after her diagnosis Brooklyn has been declared NED (no evidence of disease) and has been enjoying kindergarten, play dates, and dance class once again.

12th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride: Saturday, June 11

Submitted by the Bedford Kids PMC Ride

JUST TWO WEEKS TO GO! Grab a Bike, Join the Party and Help Find A Cure! We are so excited to celebrate our 12th Annual PMC Bedford Kids Ride will take place on Saturday, June 11, from 9am to 1pm at the John Glenn Middle School. It’s easy to register a rider with bike routes for all ages. Post-ride festivities include a picnic with great food, music, lawn games and a raffle with wonderful prizes.

Count-down to the Pan Mass Challenge

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Final preparations are underway as the army of Pan Mass Challenge cyclists readies for Saturday’s start. Bedford cyclists will participate in each stage of this year’s ride:

Sturbridge to Provincetown

Al Filosa,
Holly Grey,
Kristen Green,
Rodney Green,
Dan Hurwitz,
Chris Marino,
Jack Markuse,
John Martin,

Wellesley to Provincetown

Bruce Murphy,
Amy Mason,
Martin Rogers,
David Sachs,

Wellesley to Bourne Saturday

Martin Guay,
Jean Hammond,
Ralph Hammond,
Bill Keating,

Wellesley to Foxboro, Sunday

Michelle Sanders,

Bedford Company Introduces New Wind-Blocking Garment

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Dan Hurwitz is known around town to be an ardent cyclist, participating in the Sturbridge to Provincetown Pan Mass Challenge rides  for the past 10 years. He has also served on Bedford’s Bicycle Advisory Committee as well as the town’s Trails Committee.  Yet the new dimension Hurwitz has added to his cycling biography this year is apt to endear him to all-weather cyclists, runners and skiers throughout New England, and beyond:  WinBib™(patent pending) is a totally new kind of wind-blocking garment for athletes outdoors in inclement or cold weather. Although none of the riders in the 2015 Pan Mass Challenge expect the kind of wet, raw weather that marked last year’s ride, they will be able to learn more about WinBib when Hurwitz sets up his display at the pre-event  PMC Vendor Expo from 3 to 8 pm on Friday, July 31 in the Host Hotel in Sturbridge. On Saturday morning, Hurwitz will take off on his two-day 188 mile PMC ride to Provincetown, via Bourne.