The Empire State Ride is a fundraising event to support cancer research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. There is a $3,500 fundraising minimum and a $100 registration fee for weeklong participants. There is a $500 per day fundraising minimum and a $100 registration fee for custom participants. Registration fees increase to $150 on April 1, 2019.
Yes, you can! If you can’t ride from NYC to Niagara Falls, consider registering for the custom option. In the registration process, you will select the starting city and number of days you will be riding. There is a $500 per day fundraising minimum and a $100 registration fee for custom participants. Registration fees increase to $150 on April 1, 2019.
If that’s the case, we’ll simply roll over your registration and donations. If you can’t participate the next year, we’ll accept your registration fee and the money you raised as a donation toward our mission of winning the fight against cancer. We’ll miss you on this year’s ride and hope you can join us next year!
Yes, the Empire State Ride provides breakfast, lunch on the route, and dinner each day, along with snacks and hydration at water stops every 15 – 20 miles. When you register, you’ll be asked if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. We can accommodate most needs, but to be sure yours will be covered, give us a call at 716-845-3179.
Your minimum fundraising commitment is due no later than Saturday, July 27, at check-in. For any remaining portion due, funds will be collected in person by credit card or check (made out to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation). Riders who have not met their minimum fundraising commitment or have not completed a fundraising commitment form ahead of time are not eligible to ride. As a reminder, your fundraising commitment for the full 7-day ride is $3,500. If you are joining us for a custom ride, your fundraising commitment is $500 per day.
Cash and check donations may be mailed to:
Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
ATTN: Empire State Ride
PO Box 644
Buffalo, NY 14240-0644
For checks: make the check out to Roswell Park and write “Empire State Ride” and the rider’s name in the memo field.
Please allow 10 business days after receipt for mailed donations to be processed and posted to your fundraising page. Donations made online will be processed and posted immediately. Please note: Mailed donations must be received by the ESR office at least 10 days prior to ride day in order to be posted to your total in time.
Whether you or one of your donors works for a company that matches money raised, you can double your donations by doing the following:
The Empire State Ride
Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
If you still have a matching gift question after contacting your human resources department, contact us, and we will be happy to assist you.
The Ride For Roswell is one of the nation’s largest cycling events — a life-changing experience for riders, volunteers and cancer patients who benefit from the funds raised. The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation (the same nonprofit that manages the Empire State Ride) manages The Ride For Roswell. This event takes place in Buffalo, NY where Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (the beneficiary of both The Ride For Roswell and the Empire State Ride) is located!
When you raise $3,500 for the Empire State Ride, you are also granted admission to The Ride For Roswell.
When you raise $5,000 for the Empire State Ride, you are also gain entry to The Ride For Roswell as an Extra Mile Club (EMC) Member and have the opportunity to ride in the ceremonial Peloton.
EMC members go above and beyond in their fundraising for cancer research. Along with the pride they feel for contributing to finding a cure, EMC members also get additional perks for their hard work, such as: access to a special tent at the event, breakfast, catered lunch, complimentary drinks, an exclusive EMC jersey, and more!
EMC members make up the ceremonial Peloton on Friday night (the day before The Ride For Roswell). The Friday night Peloton is a police-escorted, 12-mile bicycle procession that travels in a two-by-two formation. This ride begins with a moving tribute to the patients at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and ends at UB’s North Campus, passing some of Buffalo’s best-known iconic landmarks, including Delaware Park and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House. Upon arrival at UB, the Peloton concludes with an exciting and emotional entrance into the Celebration of Hope amongst a cheering crowd.
For more information about The Ride For Roswell, please visit www.rideforroswell.org.
Unlike a basic link share, Facebook Fundraiser posts are rich and dynamic posts that motivate more friends to donate quickly. Posts through a Facebook Fundraiser include an image, story, thermometer, donate button and more. You can easily invite all of your friends, and they will see updates from the fundraiser, as well as from other friends who donate. Your friends are also encouraged to invite and share with their friends, which means you may receive gifts from people you don’t even know who were moved by your story! Facebook also provides you with a quick and easy way to check your progress – including donations that come in through your Empire State Ride page or your Facebook Fundraiser.
Because the personal page does not allow for public display rules the donor could set on Facebook (e.g., friends only, friends of friends, only me), all donors display on the personal page as “Facebook Fundraiser.” Please contact us at 716-845-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to update the name on the honor roll to your name.
Yes, you may contact Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/162031714239823.
The 2019 Empire State Ride mileage will be finalized in January 2019.
In 2018, the average daily mileage was about 77 miles. The total mileage was 546. Our shortest day is 54 miles and our longest is 91.6. You can always ride a shorter daily distance by utilizing the SAG buses, or register for the custom route option if you want to participate but are not available for the entire week.