This morning at 7:30am, riders will be getting on their bicycles for a good cause. Over 175 bicyclists are here to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their battle against this disease and search for a cure. The 62-mile roundtrip ride starts at the Ft. Desoto East Beach and will head North all the way to Weedon Island.
Over 70 volunteers are assisting with this event. These volunteers are helping with setup, check-in, driving repair vehicles, rest stop services, serving lunch and clean up, and communication support by local Amateur Radio Operators. St. Petersburg Police Department will be assisting with this event, however, there will be no road closures.
Drivers need to stay alert to the large presence of bicyclist sharing the roadway until about 12:30pm.
Sponsors of this event are Aptalis, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Cornerstone Therapeutics, Tampa General Hospital, Allen C. Wohlwend, CPA, PA, Detour, World of Beer, St. Pete Bicycle & Fitness, and Outspokin Bicycles.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
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