NAPLES, FL – Dec. 26, 2017 – Vero Beach, FL’s seaside Jaycee Park will host the finish line festival for cyclists riding the 200-mile double century and 100-mile Lake Placid-Vero century in the 2018 Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids, ride organizers announced today.
The 2018 event, set for March 10-11, features six routes of five distances ranging from a family-friendly 10-miles through North Collier Regional Park in Naples to an epic 200 mile adventure across Florida to Vero Beach, all in support of Pan-Florida Challenge’s goal to eliminate childhood hunger in the state.
“We are excited to bring the finish line of the 2018 PFC Ride to Vero Beach,” said Ed Mullen, the ride’s founder and chairman. “Cyclists in the first ever Pan-Florida Challenge Double Century Ride for Hungry Kids will ride north on A1A through historic Riomar and Oceanside Vero Beach to the park, which is as beautiful and charming as our starting location in Naples.”
PFC riders will enjoy hot showers, a hot catered lunch, and live entertainment in one of Vero Beach’s most picturesque seaside parks. Families, spectators, and volunteers can enjoy the beach and playground amenities while awaiting the riders.
Hungry kids are susceptible to chronic health and learning problems. “Hunger often limits the ability of hungry children to develop to their full potential and succeed in life,” explained PFC Executive Director Jeri Goetz. “Children are our society’s most valuable asset and also the most vulnerable to the devastation of chronic hunger, a problem we are committed to eradicating in Florida.” Since 2015, Pan-Florida Challenge, Inc. has provided more than 3 million meals to hungry children in nine Florida counties, with more than 2,678 school children leaving school each Friday with enough food for the weekend.
In addition to a modest registration fee, riders raise a sliding minimum donation depending on the distance they choose with all proceeds going to purchase and distribute meals to hungry children. Those who are unable to ride are invited to participate through various volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.
The Pan-Florida Challenge is committed to ending childhood hunger in Florida. The organization has provided more than 3 million meals for hungry children across nine Florida counties. Through the proprietary PFC Power PackTM weekend meals program, enough nutrition to exceed USDA recommendations for the weekend is put into the kids’ backpacks on Fridays. Funds raised will feed 2,678 children at 36 elementary schools and aftercare sites in nine Florida counties: Bay, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and St. Lucie.
Our primary fundraising event each year is the Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids, a series of bicycling rides from 10-mile to 200-miles across the state of Florida each March. Riders, sponsors, and volunteers are encouraged to participate in the Pan-Florida Challenge. To learn more about the organization, please visit: www.panfloridachallenge.org