OUR 20TH YEAR!!! THE AIDS RIDE FOR LIFE IS…a fully supported 102, 90, 69,42, 25 or 14 mile bike ride beginning in Ithaca, NY with Indoor cyclists joining us around many communities! We are all raising money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS and Harm Reduction regarding substance use. Every year, this landmark ride around Cayuga Lake in the beautiful New York State Finger Lakes Region delivers a life-changing experience for hundreds of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels who are united in spirit by a common desire to do something altruistic. Whether you are considering your first ride or are a seasoned veteran, we want you with us at the AIDS Ride For Life 2018.
WANT A CHANCE to combine a challenging route, beautiful scenery, spectacular views of Cayuga Lake and what has been called one of the best supported Rides anywhere with a chance to make a difference? Mark September 8, 2018 on your calendar and book your travel to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Route support is fantastic with eight pit stops along the 102 mile route with hydration, food, medical assistance and multiple SAG (safety & gear) repair vehicles out on the road. The Ride begins and ends in Ithaca, NY with all participants escorted back to the starting point in a Victory Parade just in time to enjoy closing ceremonies and a fabulous roast chicken or vegan/vegetarian dinner at Stewart Park catered by Ithaca Bakery.
THIS POPULAR ANNUAL Ithaca/Southern Tier AIDS Program tradition brings together hundreds of riders, volunteers, and sponsors. The Ride has raised over $3.7 million for STAP's eight county HIV/AIDS prevention programs and services and Opiate Overdose Prevention & Harm Reduction programs throughout its 19 year history
SOME PEOPLE DECIDE they will challenge themselves to get fit, to shed pounds, or to do something that is bigger than the sum of the parts. “The Ride is a wonderful awareness builder for the cause – It is impossible to talk about the Ride with anyone without mentioning the word AIDS, and that helps us keep the subject in our minds, so we can work to solve the problem, not ignore it. It identifies something that people have been afraid of, haven’t understood how to prevent or how to respond to it. “ ~ARFL Co-Founder Jerry Dietz
THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT GAINS in prevention, dramatically dropping numbers of new infections across the globe, growing numbers of HIV-positive individuals gaining access to treatment and the continued advances in scientific research. All reasons to be optimistic about eventually eradicating new cases of AIDS for future generations.
THE SWIFT RISE of heroin use has increased the demand for our Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. Over 465 lives were saved with 1900+ Naloxone kits distributed by STAP staff in 2017. Our youth center is serving a record number of young people and along with caring for clients who have HIV/AIDS, we now provide services for anyone who is Medicaid eligible and dealing with a chronic illness. Check us out at www.stapinc.org
MAKE NO MISTAKE about the fact that HIV may be with us well into the future. There is much to do. The money raised through the AIDS Ride For Life for the Southern Tier AIDS Program is critical for continuing the progression of prevention and education. Please join us for the Ride of your life!