Pedaling for a World Without Cancer
It’s not every day you witness a superhero flying past you on a bicycle, but last weekend it was a common sight for visitors to San Diego’s Gaslamp.
Nearly 1,900 brightly-dressed cyclists pedaled a combined 77,884 miles to the finish line at Petco Park for one of the largest fundraisers to fight cancer in San Diego. This year, Padres Pedal the Cause raised nearly $1.8 million for research to find a cure for all types of cancer. Every dollar collected from the event will stay in San Diego to fund collaborative projects by four of the region’s leading research institutes:
- UC San Diego Health Moores Cancer Center
- The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
- Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
- Rady’s Children’s Hospital-San Diego
The two-day event offered several routes to meet every riders' skill level—from a short “rookie” course through downtown, to a near-90-mile route that took riders on a scenic tour across the Coronado Bridge toward Chula Vista, out to Jamul and back to the stadium. There was even a power-hour stationary spinning session on the field at Petco Park.
Breaking a Sweat for a Good Cause
Team Sempra-SDG&E recruited more than 80 riders who helped to raise more than $85,000. Employees from the two companies also staffed the event, cheering riders across the finish line and helping children decorate their bikes for the Sempra Energy Superhero Kids Challenge.
Some of the children in the Kids Challenge were cancer patients and survivors, but that didn’t stop them from riding laps around Petco Park before cruising through the players’ tunnel to collect their superhero medals on the Padres’ field.
Join the Movement
In the last five years, Padres Pedal the Cause has raised nearly $5 million to fund critical cancer research. Visit GoPedal.org to make a contribution today or to start planning your ride for Padres Pedal the Cause in 2018.