Bike To The Beach For Autism
Bike to the Beach is a 100-mile ride from Boston to Newport, RI to raise awareness and money for Autism Speaks and local autism advocacy organizations. On Friday, August 30 the 100-mile trip begins with more than 100 riders starting at Boston College High School in South Boston at 4:45 a.m. and continues through southern Mass., over the Mount Hope Bridge and into Rhode Island. The final stretch takes place along scenic and historic Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Avenue, and the finish line is at Tickets Bar and Grill at Atlantic Beach in Newport. After the trek, riders usually jump in the ocean before the post-event festivities.
Bike to the Beach is partnered with the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, which is a Mass. based organization that strives to improve the quality of life for people and families living with autism. The organization matches families with the resources they need and provides funding and advocacy programs in addition to educational, therapeutic, and recreational opportunities.
“The ride is a dual opportunity to challenge yourself athletically, while making an impact on someone else’s life. There’s a real sense of community because of those shared values,” said Benjamin Dalley, Bike to the Beach’s director of operations in a statement. “Every year I’m amazed at the amount of passion that our riders and volunteers bring to our events. It’s what inspires us to continue to grow every year.”