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Empire State Ride

July 20 - 27

Empire State Ride is a 500+ mile cycling adventure from New York City to Niagara Falls that raises funds to fuel cancer research.

Women hugging at Empire State Ride, used in a fundraising tips blog

For nearly a decade, cyclists from around the globe have gathered in New York City to embark upon a seven-day, 500+ mile adventure to Niagara Falls.

Along the way, they see incredible cityscapes, breathtaking countryside views and unforgettable sites while forging friendships that last a lifetime. These road warriors come together to raise funds that advance cutting-edge cancer research, making a lasting impact in the fight to end cancer.

Join Empire State Ride on a milestone year as we celebrate the 10th anniversary! You’ll get additional route options, a huge anniversary celebration and special 10-year programming that highlights the impact we’re making on cancer research. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our road warriors have to say about the adventure.

Meet Maritza from Puerto Rico

“I’m full of joy every day. I’m meeting new people, and they’re so friendly and welcoming. I hope they allow me to come back again next year, because I will be here.”

— Maritza, first-year ESR rider

Martiza's story

Meet Maritza, a 2023 Empire State Ride road warrior from Puerto Rico. When Maritza read about Empire State Ride for the first time in Adventure Cyclist Magazine, she knew she had to tackle the challenge for herself and for a close friend with cancer. Two days into #ESR23, Maritza knew she’d do the adventure again in 2024.

Meet Lucas from Western New York

“It’s a great adventure, full of community. If you want to meet new people, if you want to talk to people, if you want to challenge yourself physically and mentally or understand the lives of other people who are doing this ride, then this is for you. It’s really a unique experience.”

— Lucas, first-year ESR rider

Lucas' story

Lucas always dreamed about riding the trail across New York State. When his roommate signed up for Empire State Ride, Lucas saw an opportunity to honor his mother’s battle with thyroid cancer while bringing his dream to fruition. Toward the end of his weeklong adventure, Lucas realized ESR was more rewarding than he had ever imagined, connecting him with people from around the globe while proving his own physical and mental resilience.


Meet Verny from Queens, NY

“If you want to learn what life is about, do this ride.”

— Verny, six-time ESR rider

Verny's story

Six years ago, Verny started doing Empire State Ride in honor of his friend who was diagnosed with cancer. An avid cyclist his whole life, Verny found his place out on the road at Empire State Ride and has since been an integral part of the ESR community. He continues to tackle the journey at age 61.


Become an ESR road warrior today!

Road warriors tackle 500+ miles across New York State over seven days as part of a commitment to ending cancer and saving lives. This year, we’re commemorating a decade of dedication and impact leading up to the most unforgettable year yet.

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