Babson Hosts 38th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge Charity Bike-a-thon
Babson will once again serve as the Wellesley location for the bike-a-thon that raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the U.S.
Babson will host the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) on August 5-6, 2017. PMC is a bike-a-thon that today raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country.
The PMC has raised a half-billion dollars for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) through the Jimmy Fund. In 2015, the PMC gave a record gift of $45 million, and set a fundraising goal of $46 million for 2016.
The event donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause and is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, raising more than 50 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue.
The 37th PMC will have three starting lines in Sturbridge, Wellesley (Babson) and Bourne, and five finish lines in Provincetown (2), Bourne, Wellesley (Babson) and Foxboro.
Cyclists travel from more than 40 states and five countries. Six hundred riders and volunteers are cancer survivors or current patients. Some PMC cyclists are weekend warriors, others are trained triathletes. Most participants ride in honor of a family member or friend fighting the disease. Cyclists range in age from 13 to 82. The average PMC cyclist is 45 years old, trains for three months, solicits 40 sponsors and raises more than $7,000. During PMC weekend and throughout the year, more than 4,000 volunteers donate their time, and 200 corporations provide more than $4 million in products and services each year.