The Tri-State Trek, a 270-Mile Bike Ride, Is Raising Money For ALS

One team is riding for Ice Bucket Challenge cofounder Pete Frates.

Team Frate Train

Team Frate Train, with inspiration Pete Frates. Photo provided to

Want to support ALS without dumping a bucket of ice over your head? There’s a (slightly) less painful way to do so this June.

The Tri-State Trek is a three-day, 270-mile charity bike ride aiming to raise $1 million for ALS research and treatment. The ride leaves from Boston College on June 26, and ends in Greenwich, Conn., on June 28.

The ride is still looking for volunteers and teams of cyclists to register, and participants can choose to bike the whole route or individual legs of journey. If you decide to sign up, you’ll be cycling alongside “Team Frate Train,” a Beverly-based group riding in honor of Pete Frates, the 30-year-old ALS patient who cofounded The Ice Bucket Challenge and helped make it an Internet sensation last summer. In a statement, Frates thanked everyone who has gotten involved with the ALS fundraising movement:

“Thank you to all those who ride, volunteer or give to ALS research. My family and I and the entire ALS community are counting on you to stay involved and get us across home plate in a treatment and cure for ALS,” he says.

If making a difference from the comfort of your couch is more your style, you can also donate online.