Come join the fun! The Ryan Phua Memorial Kidsâ€™ Bike Ride, part of the 29th Annual Burlingame Criterium, is the largest bike ride for kids in the U.S.
Online PR News – 22-June-2015 – Burlingame, CA – 12th Annual Ryanâ€™s Ride set for June 28
600 Kids to Pedal for Cancer Programs and Burlingame Schools
BURLINGAME, Calif., June 16, 2015 â€“ Ryanâ€™s Ride has become one of the Peninsulaâ€™s summer kick-off family events, with nearly 600 Bay Area kids expected to ride their trikes and bikes for the 12th consecutive year at the Ryan Phua Memorial Kidâ€™s Ride at the 29th Annual Burlingame Criterium on Sunday, June 28.
â€śHere we are in our 12th year, and our community has raised $650,000 so far for Bay Area cancer programs and Burlingame schools through Ryan Ride,â€ť said Michele Phua, mother of Ryan and Matthew, Ryanâ€™s twin. â€śIt speaks to the heart and soul of the kids and families, and itâ€™s so gratifying that Ryanâ€™s Ride has become a fun Peninsula tradition.â€ť
Ryan's Ride began in 2004 as an event to honor the memory of Ryan Phua, one of John and Michele Phuaâ€™s twin sons born after Johnâ€™s successful recovery from cancer. At the age of two, Ryan passed away from Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. John and Michele created Ryanâ€™s Ride to celebrate his life, with event proceeds supporting Bay Area cancer survivorship programs through the LIVESTRONG Foundation in recognition of John beating the disease.
â€śRyanâ€™s Ride is not only in memory of the child we lost, itâ€™s about the families and kids who have made this event their own,â€ť said Phua. â€śItâ€™s about a community that models for its children and citizens that giving back makes a difference in peopleâ€™s lives. We canâ€™t really imagine a more fitting tribute to a son and a brother.â€ť
Sign-ups are brisk as usual, and organizers are anticipating nearly 600 children to pedal in this unique, non-competitive ride for kids 12 and under. Ryanâ€™s Ride is thought to be the largest cycling event of its kind in the country. Proceeds benefit the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Bay Area cancer survivorship programs, and the Burlingame Community for Education Foundation.
Each year, festive race activities and free entertainment fill the quaint streets, restaurants and shops of downtown Burlingame with thousands of competitive cyclists, children, volunteers and spectators. Adding to the excitement of Ryanâ€™s Ride, the dayâ€™s multiple races culminate in separate Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s pro cycling events.
The Burlingame Criterium provides the local community with the thrill of amateur and professional cycling in a challenging, fast, 0.7-mile circuit of downtown Burlingame, while Ryanâ€™s Ride offers kids aged 18 months to 12 years an opportunity to pedal on the same course as the pros.
â€śWe look forward to Ryanâ€™s Ride each June,â€ť said Burlingame Mayor Terry Nagel. â€śOur City has hosted the Burlingame Criterium for nearly 30 years, and the addition of Ryanâ€™s Ride for the past 12 years has made it a day of family fun that also contributes to great causes.â€ť The City works closely with the Phua family and Criterium race organizers to create a joyful atmosphere and a fun, safe course for all cyclists.
Ryan's Ride starts at 10:30 a.m., and participation is free. Everyone is a winner in the 4 years and under, 5-8 years and 9-12 years categories. Top fundraisers receive gift certificates to a local toy store or a brand new bike. Event check-in starts as early as 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Lorton and California Avenues in downtown Burlingame. For more information and to register, visit www.ryansride.org. The last day to register online is June 25. The eventâ€™s success depends on volunteers and donations â€“ please visit ryansride.org if you would like to support the event.
The Burlingame Criterium is a series of races, divided by age, gender and ability level categories. All racers must be USA-Cycling licensed racers and ranked category 4 or above. Cash and prizes are awarded to top finishers in each race category. For most racers, the true reward in racing in Burlingame is the chance to showcase their technical skills in front of thousands of friends, family and spectators in attendance. For race and registration information, please visit www.burlingamecriterium.com.
Media sponsor KSAN-FM 107.7 The Boneâ€™s DJ Steven Seaweed is the 2015 event emcee for Ryanâ€™s Ride. Seaweed is himself a cancer survivor and is the co-founder of the Have a Ball Foundation, which raises funds for 15 cancer organizations. Ryan Phuaâ€™s twin brother Matthew, now 14, will serve as the honorary course leader, starting just ahead of Ryanâ€™s Ride participants to show them the way. â€śAlthough Matthew has aged out as a participant, he still wanted to find a way to ride for Ryan,â€ť said Phua.
The Burlingame Criterium has been produced by the Peninsula Velo Cycling Club (www.penvelo.com) since 1974. Ryanâ€™s Ride is collaboration between Peninsula Velo and the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund.
The 2015 event is title-sponsored by Parnassus Investments and presented by the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Criterium Race category sponsors include Summit Bicycles, Kondra Systems, Clif Bar, Vocker-Kristofferson, Rudy Project and Spiteriâ€™s Auto Service. Ryan's Ride sponsors include Franklin Templeton, Preciseq, Shimano, Genentech, Pacful, Curious Hat, IWI Promotions, FrutStix, ABC 7 (KGO-TV), KCBS All News 740, Talbots Toyland, U.S. Venture Partners and The Daily Journal.