BOSTON (CBS) – Thousands of Pan-Massachusetts Challenge bicycle riders help raise millions of dollars for cancer research each summer.

This year a pair of well-known Massachusetts officials will be among them.

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Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced during a recent PMC event that they will participate in this year’s event.

Baker joked that he hasn’t been on a bike since he was 18 years old, but that won’t stop him from riding to help raise money for charity.

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Last year the Pan-Mass Challenge helped raise more than $41 million to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This year, the goal is to raise $45 million.

The 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge is scheduled for August 1 and 2.

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WBZ is a proud partner of the Pan Mass Challenge. For more information on the event, visit the group’s website.