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



REGISTRATION & FUNDRAISING 
 

How do I sign up?
Registration is closed for the 2017 event, but watch for our launch of the 2018 website at aridetoremember.org.

How do I start fundraising?
Get our NEW 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: RTR17, 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. However, the deadline for volunteer signup has passed. Email ridesc@alz.org with any questions.

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 register 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?

  • Friday: Pasta dinner at Newberry College Eleazer Gymnasium, 5:30 PM 
  • Saturday: Baked Chicken dinner & fixins, 6:00 PM
    First Baptist Church Family Life Center, Orangeburg
  • Sunday: Closing ceremony and awards, 6:00 PM
    Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road, Mt. Pleasant

Can I bring a guest to dinner?
Meals are complimentary for all riders and registered volunteers. The deadline has passed to reserve and pay for guest dinners.



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 13 and July 17 -- 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 posted below. 

Thursday, July 13:

  • Hampton Inn Simpsonville
    3934 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29680
    Rates from $99 per room. For group rate book by June 14.
    To book call 864-963-9292. 
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
    3821 Grandview Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29680
    Rates from $99 per room. For group rate book by June 13.
    To book call 864-962-8500.

Friday, July 14:

  • Newberry College
    Endpoint & dinner location Friday, and starting point Saturday.
    Oakland Mill Dorm, 2710 Fair Ave, Newberry, SC 29108
    $35 per person, paid in advance. New reservations no longer being accepted.
  • Hampton Inn Newberry
    1201 Nance Street, Newberry, SC 29108
    Rates from $109 per room. For group rate book by June 30.
    To book call 803-276-6666 
  • Holiday Inn Newberry
    121 Truman Avenue, Newberry, SC 29108
    Rates from $99 per room. For group rate book by June 16.
    To book call 803-321-3955.

Saturday, July 15:

  • Country Inn & Suites
    Endpoint on Saturday and starting point on Sunday.
    731 Citadel Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118
    Rates from $114 per room. For group rate book by June 15.
    To book call 803-928-5300.
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
    747 Citadel Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118
    Rates from $99 per room. For group rate book by July 8.
    To book call 803-515-9700.

Sunday, July 16:

  • Hampton Inn Patriots Point
    This will be the endpoint on Sunday.
    255 Sessions Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
    Rates from $109 per room. For group rate book by June 17.
    To book call 843-881-3300. 
  • Springhill Suites Mt. Pleasant
    245 Magrath Darby Blvd, Mt. Pleasant
    Rates from $129 per room. For group rate book by June 16th.
    To book call 843-284-5250. Or click here to book online.

 

REGISTRATION & FUNDRAISING

 

How do I sign up?

Simply register online! A registration fee of $50 is due upon sign-up, which counts toward a required fundraising minimum of $500 (due upon check-in for the event). Registration for RTR16 will close on July 1, so please plan in advance!

 

How do I start fundraising?

Start by sharing your personal 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. Click here to learn more about how we put your dollars to work.

 

How is the money collected?

Donations can be made online, by submitting a check or money order by mail, or by hand-delivering cash, checks or money orders to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: A Ride to Remember, 901 South Pine St, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Donations can also be turned in upon check-in for the ride.

 

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. To learn more or sign up, please click here. The deadline for volunteer sign-up is July 1, 2017.

 

What happens if it rains?

We ride rain or shine, so please pack your rain gear! In the event of 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.

 

Will there be water stops and sag vehicles?

Yes, we'll have rest stops every 10-15 miles with water, Gatorade and snacks. Click here to learn more about support during the ride. 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: we request that anyone planning to drive a sag vehicle sign up as a volunteer.

 

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? UPDATED ROUTE LINKS!

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.

 

Will the route be marked?

The route will be marked with signs wherever possible, but it is still important to reference the cue sheets. Laminated 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 & TRANSPORTATION

 

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 are available in the check-in area; on Days 2 & 3, breakfast will be provided at the hotel where the ride begins. 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 (see below).

 

How do I RSVP for dinners?

We will collect rider RSVPs for dinners starting in June. Registered riders, click here to RSVP for dinners by July 1st.

 

Friday: Pasta dinner at Newberry College in the Eleazer gymnasium, 5:30 PM 

Saturday: Baked Chicken dinner & fixins, 6:00 PM at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Orangeburg

Sunday: To Be Announced

 

Can I bring a guest to dinner?

Meals are complimentary for all riders and registered volunteers, but guests may attend for a small fee. Click here to reserve and purchase guest dinners by July 1st. In lieu of tickets, please notify your guests to check in under the rider's name.

 

Is transportation provided before and after the ride?

Bus transportation from Charleston to Simpsonville is available to riders on July 14 and July 18 -- 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.

 

LODGING

 

How do I reserve lodging?

Lodging is the responsibility of each rider. To assist with your arrangements, discounted lodging information will be posted soon.