31st Annual Tour De Shore Set for Sunday, June 29Last Edited: Jun 24, 2018 10:02 AM
The 31st Annual Tour de Shore will take place on Sunday, July 29th, 2018. With only six weeks to go and a limited number of spots until the ride reaches capacity, the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation is busy preparing for its largest ride to date. In anticipation of their largest ride ever, a few changes to the start and finish line, as well as the route were necessary.
Riders will begin the ride at Franklin Square on 6th and Race and end at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. These changes will allow for the nearly 3,000 riders that are expected to ride in this year’s summer staple charity bike ride to have a safer ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City. In addition, the Tour de Shore added a second start point which will begin at the FOP Lodge 56 in Berlin, NJ. Billed as the “Tour de Shore Lite”, this start point is for anyone wishing to ride 50 miles instead of the 65.
“We're thankful that this ride continues to get bigger, and Franklin Square is the perfect spot to give us more room and better access to public transit and the parking we need to accommodate the new growth. Franklin Square is also the home of the Living Flame Police and Fire Memorial so it's only fitting to choose it as the place of our bigger, better starting line”, said Joe Sullivan, Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner and President of the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The new finish line and after party at the Showboat Hotel will be in an outside open lot that will allow for more space to accommodate the nearly 5,000 supporters of the Tour de Shore. The Showboat is also giving a special hotel rate for all Tour de Shore participants to stay at their hotel after the event.
“Every year, the Tour de Shore bike ride grows in increments beyond our wildest expectations”, said Patrick Liney, co-founder of the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation. “With that said, it also meant that the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation needed to grow with it. The single mission of the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation is to change children’s lives. Whether it be through scholarships or recreational activities, hospital stays or being there with financial support as they go through some of the hardest moments in their life, like losing a parent, the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation does everything it can to be there for a child in need. Thankfully, the money raised through the Tour de Shore allows us to continue to help these kids, which we hope to continue well into the future.”
In 2017, the event had 2,500 riders and raised over $1.1 million for children in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey area. The event - which started 31 years ago with about 20 riders now has a community of nearly 5,000 riders, volunteers, organizers and fans. The Tour de Shore “community” fundraises throughout the year, having raised over $7 million since its inception. What was once a casual ride has now become an annual “can’t miss” Delaware Valley event with teams from Montgomery, Bucks, Philadelphia, Camden and Gloucester counties, and even the Pocono Mountains.
The goal this year is to raise $1.25 million, which would be the Foundation’s impact to $8.5 million to date. The Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation is still actively seeking riders and donations to help them reach this milestone.
For more information about the Tour de Shore, or to donate, visit the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation web site at www.tourdeshorechildrensfoundation.org.
To learn more about the Tour de Shore Children’s Foundation, visit https://tinyurl.com/tourdeshore31
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