Today, the American Lung Association announced that its Annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek through Cape Cod Massachusetts will take place on September 24 -25, with 1- and 2-day options for riders. Participants will ride 25, 50 or 100 miles on a route that extends from Sandwich to Dennis, Massachusetts and back, aiming to raise $200,0000 for the organization’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung diseases, including lung cancer and COVID-19.
“The Autumn Escape Bike Trek is around the corner and we are so excited to have our cyclist community join us on Cape Cod for the 38th Annual event!” said Daniel Bowler, an executive director for the American Lung Association. “Cyclists have a deep appreciation for the ability to breathe – and this event harnesses that gratitude to raise funds and awareness for lung diseases like lung cancer and COVID-19.”
In addition to the in-person event, participants also have the option to “Cycle Your Way,” participating and training virtually through the Autumn Escape Bike Trek Strava Club. Strava is a free application for smart phones that allows cyclists to track activity and take part in some friendly competition with other trekkers to stay on top of the leaderboard. Cyclists are also encouraged to use the new Cycle for Air App (available for Apple and Android devices) to help manage their personal fundraising efforts.
Money raised by the Autumn Escape Bike Trek will support the Lung Association’s three-pronged approach of advocacy, education and research to create a world free of lung disease. This includes efforts to address the youth vaping crisis, support the Clean Air Act, fund new treatment and research for lung cancer, as well as support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative. The COVID-19 Action Initiative is a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.