Pan-Florida Challenge Bike Ride Aims to End Childhood Hunger

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One hundred eighty mile endurance event strives to donate two million meals to fight childhood hunger

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 3, 2017) – Cyclists will cross Florida from Naples to Ft. Pierce March 11-12, raising funds for Pan-Florida Challenge, a RacePartner client, to fulfill its mission and battle cry: “No local kid hungry. Not one.”

There are 13.1 million children under the age of 18 living in U.S. households who are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. That translates to one in four children in Florida going hungry. Since 2015, Pan-Florida Challenge has raised funds to feed 3.2 million meals to prevent childhood hunger, which means 2,500 children no longer go to bed hungry each weekend.

“We are committed to ending the entirely solvable problem of hungry children,” said Ed Mullen, founder and chairman of Pan-Florida Challenge. “Our goal is to direct 100 percent of rider donations to feeding hungry kids.”

Returning to the ride this year is the Papa John’s Racing p/b Trek 2017 Elite Women’s Team. After riding in the Pan-Florida Challenge, the professional women’s team will compete in numerous US racing events on the Pro Road Tour Calendar and the USA Crit Series.

“Many of our riders return each year, inspired by our mission of wiping out childhood hunger and moved by the incredible success we are seeing as we work together to leverage our efforts across Florida,” said Maura Plante, executive director of Pan-Florida Challenge. “The challenge is not just another cause, but a movement that will not give up until hungry kids are a thing of the past.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Pan-Florida Challenge as we believe in its mission and vision and hope to make an impact in the fight against childhood hunger,” said Robert Anderson, founding partner of Achieve and RacePartner. “We build custom endurance platforms to help others change the world, and we are excited to help Pan-Florida Challenge.”

Registration now is underway for 150 spots in the 4th Annual Pan-Florida Challenge that takes place over two days: Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. The ride is led by Pan-Florida Challenge 2017 Event Director Robert Vigorito, the legendary triathlon race director. The 180-mile ride from Naples to Fort Pierce will be managed by Rev3 Triathlon, who handled all of the event’s logistics.

Riders are asked to raise a minimum of $1,500, all of which will be used to purchase meals for hungry kids. Those who are unable to ride can participate through various volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.

Pan-Florida Challenge’s 2017 goal is to provide 2 million more meals to hungry children in Florida and Haiti.

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About the Pan-Florida Challenge

Naples, FL based Pan-Florida Challenge is a nonprofit corporation and the Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids event is an annual, two day, 180-mile bike ride across Florida from Naples to Palm Beach, held in March. Through our fundraising and partnerships, we provide meals to hungry children who do not know where their next meal is coming from. Our goal is for 100% of riders’ donations to go towards feeding hungry kids. Pan-Florida Challenge donations are tax deductible.

To learn more visit: PanFloridaChallenge.org
To donate: panfloridachallenge.racepartner.com/Fundraising
Contact:  Jeri Goetz, 239-298-1620, Jeri@panfloridachallenge.org

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