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Registration & Fundraising | Logistics of the Ride | Meals | Transportation & Lodging



REGISTRATION & FUNDRAISING 
 

How do I sign up?
Register online at aridetoremember.org. Deadline to register is July 1st.
Click here to learn about registration fees, fundraising minimum and incentive gear.

How do I start fundraising?
Get our Fundraising App to make it easy!  iTunes App Store | Google Play
Start by posting a photo and sharing your story about why you're participating in this event on your personal fundraising page (accessed by logging in to your participant center). Once your page is updated, share it with friends, family, and coworkers via email, social networking, and word of mouth. We have lots of other tips available on our fundraising page!

Where does the money go?
The funds raised through this event benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn more about how we put your dollars to work.

How is the money collected?
Donations can be made online. To submit offline donations (checks or money orders), mail them to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: RTR18, 901 South Pine St, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Donations can also be turned in upon check-in for the ride. Please do not send large amounts of cash by mail!

Are donations tax deductible? How do I get a receipt? 
All donations are tax deductible, and donors will receive thank-you letters that serve as receipts for tax purposes. Online donors will receive this letter via email confirmation.


LOGISTICS OF THE RIDE 
 

Are volunteers needed during A Ride to Remember?
Absolutely!  It takes a lot of people to make this event happen. Sign up by filling out our volunteer interest form. Volunteers are also welcome to register for the event as a "Fundraising Volunteer" to help collect donations in support of A Ride to Remember!

Will there be water stops and sag vehicles? 
Yes, we'll have rest stops every 10-15 miles with water, Gatorade and snacks. In addition, sag vehicles will be in operation for the duration of the ride, including medical support, mechanical support, and a sweeper that will never pass the final rider. Please note: for safety and coordination, anyone who intends to drive a sag vehicle along the route MUST sign up as a volunteer.

Are there any restrictions on bikes allowed in this event?
Because A Ride to Remember is a group ride, we encourage cyclists to ride road bikes. For safety and suitability, we discourage the use of triathlon bikes, TT (time trial) bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, or cruisers.

What should I know about group riding?
Please refer to these guidelines for group riding. If your bike has aero bars, only ride in the aero position when you are away from other cyclists. Riding in aero position is prohibited within a group. This is for your safety and others around you. 

What happens if it rains?
We ride rain or shine, so please pack your rain gear! In the event of extremely severe weather, we will send our bus to pick up riders along the route as quickly as possible. Our riders usually finish the route each day by around 3 PM, before the typical summer-evening thunderstorms pop up.

What if I have an emergency or need to stop? 
Emergency phone numbers will be provided on your cue sheets each morning. Please be sure to bring your mobile phone with you during the ride.

What is the route like each day?
Click the following links to view detailed routes via Ride With GPS: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

You can also download the Ride With GPS app to view these routes on your mobile device using an interactive mapping application. This is a great way to navigate a practice run of the route or have backup navigation handy on the day of the ride. For the safety of all riders and volunteers, riders are expected to complete each day's ride by 4:00 PM.

Will the route be marked? 
The route will be marked with signs wherever possible, but it is still important to reference the cue sheets. Moisture-resistant cue sheets will be provided to you each morning of the ride, and the ride leader will give an overview of the route, highlighting water and lunch stops, any potential confusing turns, etc. Due to city rules, there will be no route signs in downtown Charleston.

Who do I contact with questions?
Click here to view our event staff and how to contact them



MEALS 
 

Are meals provided? 
Yes, meals are provided each day of the ride, and vegetarian options will be available at all meals. On Day 1, light breakfast items and water fill-up are available in the check-in area; on Days 2 & 3, breakfast will be available at designated lodging. Snacks and peanut-butter-jelly sandwiches are provided along the route, and lunch is provided at the finish line. We'll also provide dinner each day for riders.

Where will dinner be, and what will be served?
Details coming soon!

Can I bring a guest to dinner?
Meals are complimentary for all riders and registered volunteers. Riders will have the oppotunity to reserve and pay for guest dinners in June 2018.



TRANSPORTATION & LODGING


Is overnight parking available in Simpsonville?
Yes! However, NO overnight parking will be permitted at Heritage Park. Riders needing to leave cars at the start will need to park at City Park, located at 100 Park Drive Simpsonville (across from the Simpsonville Police Station). We will provide a shuttle to transport you the few short miles to Heritage Park. Shuttle service will be from 7:30-8:00 AM, so please plan accordingly.

Are there any restrictions on luggage that will be transported?
There are no restrictions on bag size, but due to limited cargo space on our charter buses, personal coolers are discouraged. Please be sure to label bags and any personal items (such as pumps) with your name and tag your luggage each day with the appropriate color for your destination lodging (lodging tags provided).

Is transportation provided before and after the ride? 
Bus transportation from Charleston to Simpsonville is available to riders on July 12 and July 16 -- please RSVP to ridesc@alz.org to lock in your spot.  If you need to leave a vehicle at either location, this is no problem. Need pick-up or drop-off elsewhere along the route? Email ridesc@alz.org and we will make every effort to accommodate your transportation needs.

How do I access daily bus transportation and luggage pick-up?
Rider transportation and luggage pickup will be coordinated specifically for the designated lodging below. Riders are encouraged to book lodging early if bus transportation is needed to dinner or to the start line. If you've made alternate lodging arrangements, you may drop off your luggage at the ride start and pick it up at the end location each day.

How do I reserve lodging?
Lodging is the responsibility of each rider. To assist with your arrangements, discounted lodging information is available here.