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Cyclists Head Through Groton in Saturday Ride to End Alzheimer’s

Art Campbell : July 17, 2015 12:31 pm : Cycling, Events, News

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

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

More than 425 cyclists will pass through Groton on Saturday July 18, during the 19th Annual Ride to End Alzheimer’s. The ride starts and finishes at Fort Devens. Riders loop into West Groton for a pit stop manned by volunteers and Groton Fire Department medical personnel at RiverCourt Residences before heading up Townsend Road into New Hampshire. The long-distance riders come back through Groton in the afternoon as they head back to Devens after completing a 100-mile route.

Groton’s Mark Shepherd will bike 62 miles and Beth Lindstrom plans on a 30 mile run. The Ride provides a 2-mile family ride, 30-mile, 62-miles and 100-mile route.

Lindstrom decided to join the Ride to honor her father, who is experiencing early dementia symptoms; a dear friend who passed away a year about from Alzheimer’s; and a friend’s mother who is diagnosed. With so many people around her affected by Alzheimer’s, she wanted to do something to feel empowered, she said.

“It makes it manageable to do something meaningful toward a cause that affects so many,” Lindstrom said. “My father is a proud man who built aircraft engines and is now having a heard time remembering that we called. It’s hard to watch.”

“The Ride is my way of supporting research to combat the disease,” Shepherd said. “The course is challenging and rambles through some great country side in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.”

To date, Shepherd has raised more than $600 for this year’s Ride. Started by the Noonan family in New Hampsire, the event has raised more than $3,000,000 over the years.

”Mark and Beth and the hundreds of other riders have made a big commitment to help fight Alzheimer’s,” Jim Wessler, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, said. “Their commitment inspires us and it also raises critical funds for research and support of those living with the disease. And it also showcases our beautiful countryside. Hundreds of riders will be taking to the road with a determination to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s and for this one day, communities can also support the cause by cheering on the riders.” Wessler will also ride the longest route himself, as he has for more than a decade.

Registration for any of the rides is still open; late registrants should to arrive at Devens 45 minutes before the start of their ride. The public is invited to the Groton pit stop and the Devens Start/Finish line to cheer on — the whole ride is a family-friendly event, according to a news release from the Alzheimer’s Association. There is a free lunch for riders and volunteers, and guests may purchase lunch tickets for $5. Festivities include music, massages for riders, an exhibitor fair, and children’s activities.

The schedule for the day is:
6:15 a.m.: Century Ride rider orientation/safety meeting
6:30 a.m.: Century Ride start
8:15 a.m.: Metric Century Ride rider orientation/safety meeting
8:30 a.m.: Metric Century Ride start
9:45 a.m.: 30 Mile Introductory Ride rider orientation/safety meeting
10 a.m.: 30 Mile Introductory Ride start
11:15 a.m.: Family Ride orientation/safety meeting
11:30 a.m.: Family Ride start
12 p.m. — 4 p.m.: Post-Ride party. Post-ride showers will be available at the Museum Field.
The Ride to End Alzheimer's runs through Groton twice on Saturday — through West Groton on the way to New Hampshire, and through town center on the way back to Devens.Google Maps

The Ride to End Alzheimer’s runs through Groton twice on Saturday — through West Groton on the way to New Hampshire, and through town center on the way back to Devens.



For more information about the Ride to End Alzheimer’s visit www.rtrendalz.org.

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