This year’s Smart Ride continued its record breaking streak raising more than $1.3 million dollars.
“After 16 years it still overwhelms me to see our community come together and be so selfless and caring, whether it’s helping a friend change a tire, or a donation you receive from an old high school friend you haven’t heard from in decades,” said Smart Ride founder Glen Weinzimer.
The annual two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West ride launched in 2003. Since then the event has raised more than $12 million for HIV-related non-profits. This year’s ride took place Nov. 15 and 16. The Smart Ride is the second largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country and the only one of its size to give back 100 percent.
Last year the fundraiser broke its record raising $1.167 million.
“One-hundred percent of it went to help not just the 7 principle benefiting agencies, but the thousands across the state that will benefit from your hard work,” Weinzimer said at the closing ceremonies.
This year’s 7 major beneficiaries include Broward House, Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Centers, Metro Inclusive Health, Pridelines, AIDS Help, Miracle of Love and Compass.
1. Key West Mile Markers — $187,688
2. What What — $115,402
3. Prideliners — $70,966
4. Bikesexuals — $60,910
5. LOVE ALWAYS WINS — $57,384
6. Wheeling Warriors — $51,232
7. Broward House Give A Shift — $48,712
8. Team Miracle of Love — $48,348
9. CDTC Cyclones — $43,013
10. Tampa Bay Area Cyclists — $42,171