Do you look good in bike shorts? Not to worry—it won’t be held it against you.
Athletic types may already know about SMART Ride 8, a bike ride that takes place Nov. 18-19 and raises funds for HIV/ AIDS organizations in Florida. Since 2003, the two day 165-mile bike trek from Miami to Key West has raised over $2.6 million for the worthy cause.
But this event is not reserved for gung-ho sports enthusiasts. SMART Ride welcomes all levels of bicyclists.
“By identifying The SMART Ride as a ride NOT a race, makes it not about winning, not about competition, not about being better than anyone else,” says Glen Weinzimer, Founder of SMART Ride. “It sets the stage for a community to come together, for individuals with different backgrounds, different lifestyles, different life accomplishments to leave all that behind and work together to make a difference.”
This openness may be the reason why so many riders have signed up to participate. For the first time, the event is sold out.
Yet that doesn’t mean help isn’t needed—and bike shorts need not even be worn.
“We are always looking for more sponsors,” Weinzimer states. “[as well as] those with a medical background or…massage therapists…[who] can…help to care for our riders and crew.”
But you can also help by contributing to a rider’s fundraising efforts.
As Weinzimer confirms: “Riders have each committed to raise a minimum of $1,250…by attending fundraisers, the community can help not only the riders reach their commitment, but also ultimately help those most in need.”
He also adds that “the goal is to break over $600,000 this year.”
On Monday, November 7 at 8 p.m., Stand Up and Ride will bring the funny to SMART Ride fundraising with a comedy show at LIPS restaurant in Fort Lauderdale.
Organized by Andy Lauer, a SMART Ride participant, Stand Up and Ride features comics who have appeared everywhere from comedy festivals to Comedy Central: Lisa Corrao (Comedy Central’s SOBE Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival), Forrest Shaw, Jessica Gross, Adrian Mesa (CBS’ ‘Urban Latino,’ Telemundo, Comedy Central’s SOBE Comedy Festival), Daniel Reskin (Host of popular monthly comedy showcase Casa de Ha-ha at Sweat Records in Miami) and Will Watkins.
Why stage a comedy benefit?
“I wanted to do something different this year to raise money to hit my goal,” Lauer says. “If I could produce an event that would give back a great night of entertainment, it would make it a little easier…to support our fund raising efforts. Times are tough…but everybody still enjoys a fun night out.”
Lauer also shares that “[the comics] all have very different personalities… this is an incredibly talented group of comedians that were eager to be a part of this show when they heard what we were working on. Thanks to them, this show has become a reality, and we are looking forward to raising a lot of money to help those affected by HIV and AIDS.”
Tickets for Stand Up and Ride are $20 for general admission and $30 for VIP. All of the proceeds will directly benefit SMART Ride.
Stand Up and Ride Comedy Show
Benefit for SMART Ride 8
1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Monday, November 7
$20 General Admission
$30 VIP Tickets
www.RideItShow.com or www.thesmartride.org