Riders cross the finish line at 2018 Texas Mamma Jamma Ride. Photo courtesy of Texas Mamma Jamma Ride
Texas Mamma Jamma Ride announces 11th Annual ride
The 11th annual Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, a popular bike ride event raising funds to support local services for breast cancer fighters and survivors in Central Texas, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 in Martindale.
Organizers are currently registering riders and teams for the big day, as well as hosting a series of training rides in the Austin area throughout the summer to help prepare riders for the family-friendly, all-skill level course.
The summer-long training program kicked off with a preview ride on June 22 with a 13-mile training ride. Training rides give riders a first-hand taste of what makes Texas Mamma Jamma training rides special, according to Marion Martin, executive director of Texas Mamma Jamma Ride. Those that attend the training rides can also register for the Sept. 21 ride in person.
“The preview ride is a great opportunity to see what makes Texas Mamma Jamma such a fun and fulfilling fundraising event,” Martin said. “Additionally, we’ll have training rides throughout the summer to welcome new riders, help returning riders get into form, and to celebrate the work we continue to do for breast cancer fighters and survivors in our community.”
Training rides take place in the Austin area on July 13, July 27, Aug. 4, Aug. 18, Aug. 24, and Sept. 7. The training rides offer routes of varied length and difficulty and are led by experienced ride guides. Riders of every level are welcome and encouraged to participate. A bicycle and a helmet are the only requirements. There is no fee to attend.
Registration for the Sep. 21 ride is just $35 for adults and $50 for children under 18. Adult riders ride are required to raise at least $300 in funds from donors to receive Ride Day benefits including the commemorative ride T-shirt, food, live music and more along historic Main Street in Martindale, with prizes available to riders who raise additional funds. Those interested in participating who can’t ride on Sept. 21 can be a virtual rider at the $35 level and fundraise (and earn prizes) along with the riders. Teams made up of family, friends and colleagues are encouraged to participate. Registration is now open.
Founded in 2008, Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is an annual bike event that raises funds to support programs and services for breast cancer fighters and survivors in Central Texas. Proceeds from the annual Texas Mamma Jamma Ride support local organizations that provide a comprehensive range of vitally important support to those battling breast cancer. Current beneficiaries are Breast Cancer Resource Center, Komen of Greater Central and East Texas, Ascension Seton Breast Care Center, Wonders & Worries, Team Survivor, Community Action Central Texas and Sustainable Food Center. To date, Texas Mamma Jamma Ride has distributed more than $2 million to its beneficiaries. For more information visit the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride website.