11th Annual 'Patrick’s Ride' Registration Now Open

(July 16, 2012) - Rider registration is now open for the 11th annual Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century Bike Ride, which will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Riders will depart from the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center at 6:45 a.m. and cycle 135 miles before finishing at the Augusta Marriott Convention Center in Augusta, Ga.

Also known as "Patrick's Ride," the Harvest of Hope Double Metric Century is a fundraising bicycle ride from Savannah to Augusta. That's 135 miles in one day! The 2012 ride marks the eleventh year of this event, which raises money for the annual Harvest of Hope weekend retreat for children and adults with cancer and their families. Since its inception, Patrick's Ride has raised more than $250,000 and benefited more than 1,000 retreat participants. The ride was started by Patrick Booton, a cancer survivor, athlete, and medical physicist who recently retired from the ACI.

To register for the ride, go to www.harvestofhoperide.com. The deadline to register and get a guaranteed jersey is July 27. Registrations after that day will be accepted, but riders are not guaranteed a jersey. The cost to register is $100 and riders are to raise a minimum of $100 by the day of the ride.

This year's ride is chaired by Mark Woodruff and LaVerne and Patrick Booton. For more information, contact Lauren Grant at 912-350-1524 or grantla1@memorialhealth.com.

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