Event will raise money to help people living with HIV/AIDS in county
(Irvine, Aug. 24) —- The only cycling event designed to raise money for people living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County is set for Saturday, October 15. Organizers of the Orange County Ride for AIDS (OCRA) now in its second year, hope to raise $200,000 this year.
The event features century (100 miles) and metric century (62 miles) routes and begins at 7:30 a.m. at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
“This is a great ride for a terrific cause,” says Jorge Rodriquez, MD, who is chairing the event this year. “Cyclists can cover the 100 or 62 mile route – or ride as much as they like. It really is about the message not the miles.”
All money raised by the cyclists goes directly to client services provided by AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF). The agency annually assists about 1,600 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Last year 100 riders took part and raised nearly $100,000. This year OCRA organizers are looking for an even larger turn out.
“Registration is limited to 250 riders and we’re working hard to hit that number this year,” says Chris Bragg, ASF’s director of events.
The OCRA route travels from the hills to the ocean primarily through south Orange County, passing along the Santa Ana foothills, through Orange, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Alison Viejo and San Clemente before returning to Saddleback College. For those not riding the entire route, vehicles will be available to bring cyclists back to the start line at the College.
The ride is fully supported and features several pit stops along the way with water, food, sports massage, medical assistance and bicycle repair available. Several businesses and organizations are lending their locations as pit stops. Among these are Oakley in Foothill Ranch, Allergan in Irvine and Madison Square & Garden Café in Laguna Beach. The ride concludes at Saddleback College.
OCRA is dedicated this year to the memory of David Wood, an avid cyclist who was one of the founders of the event.
The registration fee is $50 and riders are required to raise a minimum of $250. The $50 registration fee is included in that total.
Rider check-in begins at 5:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony starting at 7:00 a.m. The route opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. with the closing ceremony set for 5:30 p.m.
Registration and more information is available at www.ocriddeforaids.com or call ASF at 949-809-5700.
Annually, ASF helps about 1,600 men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Services include food, transportation, housing, case management, emergency financial assistance, children and family programs, Latino outreach programs, mental health counseling, support groups, HIV testing, and an extensive array of HIV prevention and education programs. To learn more about ASF go to www.ocasf.org.
(Media contact: Barbara Lohman at 949-809-5751 (office) 714 342-7464 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org.)