Pan-Mass Challenge Riders Celebrate At Provincetown Finish Line

PROVINCETOWN — Thousands of cyclists arrived to the sound of cow bells and cheers at the finish line of the 2014 Pan-Mass Challenge in Provincetown.

Riders completed the two-day trek despite rain and showers along the way.

Watch video from the Provincetown Finish Line

The longest route, from Sturbridge to Provincetown, covered 190 miles.

In its 35th year, the Pan-Mass Challenge is the largest athletic fundraising event in the country.

Almost 6,000 riders took place in the various routes across Massachusetts.

“It was incredible long couple days in the rain but a lot of fun. My mom passed away from cancer a few months so very emotional ride for me,” said rider Jerry Pendleton.

For other riders, the trek was continue of an annual tradition.

“My 9th year riding. I ride for my mom. She died nine years ago and for my friend … was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years ago, said rider Bry Roskoz.

Volunteers said the enjoyed seeing the commitment of riders.

“Everyone says the ride is fantastic. I love being volunteer to see how they are so committed and helping out Dana Farber,” said Ina Portnoy.

Watch video of riders crossing the Bourne Bridge
(Courtesy of Tony Williams/Skysight Images)

Organizers hope to raise $40 million this year for cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Since 1980, the PMC has raised close to half a billion dollars.

WBZ-TV is the official media partner of the PMC.



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