When the Empire State Ride calls itself a fully supported 500+ mile ride to end cancer, it means it.
Let’s take a look at the “fully supported” part of this description for a moment. Not only does the Empire State Ride provide each rider with their meals for the day, plenty of water rest stops, luggage transportation from campsite to campsite, and tent and air mattress set up and tear down, but this year ESR is proud to introduce the Riding Marshal program.
The Riding Marshal program formalizes a key component of the ride that has happened organically in years past: riders taking care of riders. The Riding Marshals are Empire State Ride veterans who will serve as liaisons between newer riders and the ESR staff. They will provide advice, encouragement and support to their fellow riders, as well as explain rider needs and concerns to the staff. They are to go-to riders of this year’s event.
So, let’s meet the 2017 ESR Riding Marshals:
Kara Eaton-Weaver, Blue Hannon and Bill Loecher are all 3 time Empire State riders, experienced cyclists and ride marshals for many local events. As Marshals they are dedicated to providing a safe, yet fun experience for all riders. These Marshals will ride with new ESR riders daily. As safety ambassadors they can share cycling advice, encourage safe cycling and provide basic assistance to anyone if they should experience any problems. In addition to their fellow ESR Alumni, these Marshals are committed to making the ESR 2017 an epic event.
The Empire state ride is a ride – it is NOT a race! Riders are already champions – their fundraising helps to support cutting-edge cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The discoveries made at Roswell Park help patients all across the world.
We can’t wait to see all our riders this weekend in NYC for the beginning of this year’s ride, and our Riding Marshals can’t wait to help you get to the finish line in Niagara Falls!