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5.20.2011

Sylvester Gears Up for Second Annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge

The second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge, benefitting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is set for November 5 and 6. The two-day, 170-mile tri-county charity cycling event will be held in memory of Dolphins great Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich, who lost his battle with bile duct cancer in April. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Miller School.

“The Dolphins Cycling Challenge is part of Jim Mandich’s lasting and impactful legacy on the Miami Dolphins,” said Dolphins CEO Mike Dee. “He approached his bout with cancer with the same tenacity that he approached life. His spirit and drive will live on through each rider and every dollar raised for cancer research. Every community deserves a world-class cancer treatment and research center. Steve Ross and the Miami Dolphins organization are committed to helping Sylvester expand its footprint and profound impact on the lives of South Floridians.”

The event increases cancer awareness, encourages healthy hobbies, and raises funds for Sylvester. In its inaugural year, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge was an enormous success, attracting more than 400 riders and raising more than $533,000 for cancer research.

“This event truly exemplifies the heart of Sylvester,” said W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester. “Just as our patients come from across the tri-county area for cancer care, the ride takes us across those same areas to generate awareness and raise money to fund research. The Dolphins have become key partners in raising money to find new therapies. Each of us rides for someone different, but in the end, it’s all about beating cancer.”

Last year’s ride was particularly meaningful to the Mandich family. “The inaugural Dolphins Cycling Challenge was inspiring to our entire family, especially to my father,” said Michael Mandich. “He believed that the impact and potential for this ride was limitless, and we will proudly ride this year in our father’s memory.”

This year the cycling challenge will again offer various options for participants of different ages and abilities. On the first day, entrants will participate in a 100-mile “Century Ride” from Sun Life Stadium to West Palm Beach where cyclists will travel through the city of Miami over the causeway to Miami Beach and then up Ocean Drive/AIA to enjoy an end-of-the-ride celebration at CityPlace. New this year will be a Miami Homecoming Loop: a 40-mile ride from Sun Life Stadium to Sylvester in Miami and back to Sun Life Stadium; and the Palm Beach Loop: a 40-mile ride from City Place south and then east to the coast before ending at CityPlace.

The second day features two options for participants: a 70-mile ride from CityPlace in West Palm Beach to Sun Life Stadium or a 30-mile ride from Ft. Lauderdale to Sun Life Stadium. These rides offer participants the unique experience of riding on Interstate-595 before culminating the ride through the players’ tunnel and an on-field celebration at Sun Life Stadium. For child and pre-teen riders, Dolphins Cycling Challenge will offer various courses set up on the grounds of Sun Life Stadium.

All adult riders will receive two complimentary tickets to the home game between the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, December 4. Riders who attend the game will be honored in a special on-field pre-game ceremony celebrating their fundraising efforts.

There is a registration fee of $150 per rider and a fundraising minimum goal between $500 and $1500 depending on the ride. For more information, please visit www.RideDCC.com.

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