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A new cycling event coming to Pittsburgh, benefiting cancer research

A new cycling event coming to Pittsburgh, benefiting cancer research

The Hillman Cancer Center of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has announced plans to host Rush to Crush Cancer, a new cycling event in…

Tuesday, Jun 07

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The Hillman Cancer Center of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has announced plans to host Rush to Crush Cancer, a new cycling event in the Pittsburgh area intended to boost the profile of the center’s research and raise millions of dollars in new donations to sustain and expand it.

Organizers of the event made the announcement Tuesday at a press conference at Heinz Field.

Rush to Crush Cancer “is not a race but a ride, bringing people together to pedal, partner, and participate to help raise critical funds to support UPMC Hillman Cancer Center’s research mission,” said Elizabeth Wild, the center’s president.

The ride will consist of three separate bike routes throughout the Pittsburgh area, ranging in length from 15 to 60 miles of road — though the exact maps are yet to be finalized — and will include a shorter walking component.

P3R, the nonprofit behind the Pittsburgh Marathon and other local road races, is a partner in the event and will be coordinating street closures with city officials, a spokesperson for the company said.

Registration for Rush to Crush Cancer is set to open online toward the end of the summer, with more information on dates and cost of entry to be rolled out over the next few weeks on the event’s website.

The ride itself is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2023, and Jennifer Hawkins, the executive director of SportsPITTSBURGH, the sporting arm of the city’s tourism hub, VisitPITTSBURGH, expects it to have a “huge social impact as […]

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