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Riding to end Alzheimer 's cyclists pedal into Groton over the Route 225 bridge in West GrotonArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Riding to end Alzheimer’s cyclists pedal into Groton over the Route 225 bridge in West Groton

Kathleen Boynton, Mimi Dabritz, Kirsta Davey, and Mark Shepherd are four Groton residents who will be part of hundreds of cyclists pedalling in the 2014 Ride to End Alzheimer’s this Saturday, July 12.

Beginning and ending in Devens, the ride provides a 2-mile family ride, 30-mile, and 62-mile and 100-mile routes from central Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire and back. The long distance riders on the 62 (metric century — 100 kilometer) mile and 100 mile routes come in to West Groton on State Route 225 and make a pit stop at Rivercourt Residences (a great location for spectators to see and talk with the riders) and leave up Townsend Road. Later in the afternoon, riders come back through Groton center on the return to Devens.

The event raises awareness and funds to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s research of treatments and eventually a cure for Alzheimer’s, according to a news release from the Association. Online registration is closed, but riders can register at Devens on Saturday. The long distance rides begin early in the morning, but the Family Ride doesn’t start until 11:30 a.m. (Click here for the schedule).

“Over the past 18 years, Ride to End Alzheimer’s has raised more than $3 million to fund critical Alzheimer’s research through the Alzheimer’s Association’s research grants program,” said James Wessler, CEO and President of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “We are grateful for the dedication of all of those participating in the Ride for their commitment to finding a cure and raising awareness.”

Wessler is one of the riders too, always doing the 100-mile run with friends and family members.

The Alzheimer’s Association, with headquarters in Watertown, has regional offices in Springfield, Raynham, and Worcester, Massachusetts and Bedford and Lebanon, New Hampshire. The Alzheimer Association provides services and programs for those with Alzheimer’s, family and professional caregivers with support groups, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, advocacy efforts, research funding and education programs.