BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Thousands of cyclists are taking to the roads this weekend for the 33rd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge charity bicycle ride.

The fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund kicked off Friday with opening ceremonies in Sturbridge.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Nearly 2,700 riders, including U.S. Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, took off from Sturbridge in the pre-dawn hours Saturday for the main event, a two-day, 190-mile ride to Provincetown. Both senators are participating the first day. Another 2,100 riders are pedaling from Wellesley for other routes of varying lengths.

The routes go through 46 towns.

The Pan-Mass Challenge has raised about $338 million for cancer research, including $35 million last year, making it the most successful athletic fund-raising event in the country. This year’s goal is $36 million.

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