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Posted September 1, 2005
Cycling for Special Olympics
      Ride with the Champions follows a scenic route along the North Shore and includes challenges for all ages and riding levels. Advanced participants have the option of completing a Century Route of 100 miles, intermediate participants may choose the Metric Century Route of 62 miles and beginner riders will enjoy the Fun Ride of 15 miles. All routes begin in Topsfield and continue through North Shore towns giving riders the opportunity to take in amazing scenery as they pedal their way to the finish.

     On event day, participants will check in between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. The Century and Metric Century Rides depart promptly at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Fun Ride, which begins at 10:00 a.m. During and following the race, all participants and their guests are welcome to enjoy music, food, demonstrations and information at the Start/End point (Topsfield Fairgrounds, Route 97 entrance) free of charge. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony at 4:00 p.m. to hand out all category awards (Top Fundraiser, Most Spirited Team, etc.) and raffle prizes.

     Special Olympics Massachusetts is a non-profit organization and efforts like the RWTC help raise the funds necessary to provide year round sports training and athletic competition for the 9,300 athletes in Massachusetts. Every $538 raised assists in funding a Special Olympics athlete for a full year of participation in their local organization. Therefore, if a golfer raises the tournament minimum of $2,500, they help fund five athletes for one year. Through successful experiences in sports, athletes gain confidence and build positive self-images, which go with them into their homes, classrooms, jobs and communities.

     Sebastian, like everyone else participating in Ride with the Champions, is required to raise a minimum of $400, but she's aiming much higher, with a personal fundraising goal of $1,000. She hopes the residents of Boston will help in reaching this goal.

      You can pledge Sebastian by logging on to and donating online using your credit card. Or, you may send a check made payable to "Special Olympics Massachusetts" to Sebastian at: 450 Maple St, Building One, Danvers MA 01923. If you are interested in cycling in the tournament check out the website for more information, or call Elizabeth Perry at 978-774-1501, extension 227.

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