• Chamber Chat: The SMART Ride

    Why is AIDS still relevant 36 years after the first case was discovered in 1981? Why do we still need to care? Are people really still getting infected? Why is SMART Ride still relevant 14 years since its inception and over 20 years since the first AIDS bicycle ride took place in California?

  • Compass and Smartride Team Up for Annual Luau Fundraiser

    Compass Community Center in Lake Worth Beach celebrated the summer and The Smart Ride with its sixth annual annual Lei Me Luau Party held at The Mad Hatter Lounge. 

  • Compass Points: Smart Ride, Transgender Day Of Remembrance & World AIDS Day

    (Compass Points) The SMART Ride, a two-day, 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West, raises funds for seven AIDS service organizations across Florida, including Compass. An energized team of Compass staff members and dedicated volunteers are heading south to join hundreds of other volunteer crews and riders taking part in the ride from November 16-17.

  • Compass’ White Party Raises $1,500 for Smart Ride

    This year’s White Party for Compass, held at Penny’s the Duke in Lantana, raised $1,500 for the LGBT community center’s Smart Ride team. 

    "This was my first White Party,  and I'll never forget it. The drag performances were full of energy and flair, and raising money for a good cause like the Smart Ride was an amazing feeling,” said Laura Diaz, a social work student at FAU who is interning with the Compass youth department.

    The Smart Ride is an annual two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West that raises money for HIV related charities. This year’s event takes place Nov. 15-16.

    Last year’s bike ride had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. It ended up taking place Jan. 19-20 of this year, raising $840,245. In total the organization has raised $9.3 million. 

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  • Frames for Charity: Proceeds from donated frames will help raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness

    As the SMART Ride gears up for another year, one local resident is busy raising funds for the charity by selling artwork to customers at Vitambi Springs. 

  • Get Ready to Ride

    A first timers guide to the Smart Ride

  • Images: The Smart Ride Presentation

  • New Dates Chosen for Smart Ride

    The new dates for the next Smart Ride will be January 19 and 20. The event had been originally scheduled to take place Nov. 17-18, but Hurricane Irma forced organizers to postpone the two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West.

  • OpEd: Marking Mark’s Memory

    The outpouring of love on Facebook for Mark Haines this past weekend was overwhelming in many ways.

  • Prepping for the Smart Ride: What a first-timer needs to know


    Update: Due to hurricane Irma it was just announced that the Smart Ride 2017 would be postponed until the first quarter of 2018. Dates to be announced.

    Ask questions. That’s the number 1 piece of advice Lance Hatch has for someone thinking about participating for the first time in the Smart Ride, an annual two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West.

  • Rescheduled SMART Ride Rolls Out This Weekend

    The ride must go on.

  • SMART Ride 14 In The Books

    At the conclusion of another SMART Ride, Glen Weinzimer had a message for people who complain about their lives.

    “I try to keep things in perspective,” Weinzimer said. “So you got a flat tire, you know what? Some people can’t afford their medicine or have no place to live.”

    Weinzimer told SFGN final figures for the 14th annual SMART Ride (Southern Most AIDS Ride). He said $830,245 was raised this cycle, a satisfying total for a rescheduled event, and registration for the next ride is at record pace.

    “I am completely blown away by the community and their support,” Weinzimer said.

    One of the riders this year was Kevin Clevenger, who participated on behalf of the Poverello Center in Wilton Manors.

    “The SMART Ride was incredible,” Clevenger said. “I love the experience coming from a first time rider. I had volunteered the past two years and that had inspired me to take my commitment to the next level.”

    A 165-mile course from Miami to Key West, the SMART Ride raises money for HIV/AIDS service organizations. In Key West, cyclists received a police escort and closing ceremonies are held at White Street Pier.

    “Key West welcomed us with open arms,” Weinzimer said. “It was truly a one human family experience — police escort, confetti, marching band. It was great.”

    Planning is underway for the next ride, Weinzimer said. SMART Ride 15 is set for Nov. 16-17.

  • Smart Ride Breaks Record; Raises 1.1 Million

    This year’s Smart Ride raised the most amount of money in its 15-year history with a record breaking $1.171 million. This year’s event crossed another milestone as well – topping $10 million in total money raised since the first ride took place in 2003. 

  • Smart Ride Celebrates 15 Years And Almost $10 Million Raised

    Ten days. That’s how long doctors told Glen Weinzimer he had left to live in 1993 when he was diagnosed with AIDS.

  • SMART Ride Comes Through Again

    Annual event raises almost $1 million

  • SMART Ride Disburses Funds

    Seven Florida agencies benefitted from the 2016 SMART Ride.

  • Smart Ride Kick Off Fundraiser a 'Night of Stars' March 9

    Lips, the ultimate in drag dining, kicks-off the fundraising for this year’s fourteenth annual Smart Ride with their  “A Night of Stars” HIV/AIDS awareness event scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. 

  • Smart Ride Postponed Due to Irma

    The Smart Ride has been postponed until the first quarter of 2018 due to hurricane Irma. The annual two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West had been scheduled to take place Nov. 17-18.

  • SMART Ride Raises Over One Million For AIDS Services

    SMART Ride 2016 is complete.

  • Smart Riders Are Preparing: What a first timer needs to know

    The first time Fort Lauderdale resident Keith Willard rode in the annual two-day 165-mile Smart Ride he admits he was woefully underprepared. Among other things his bike was too small and was only one speed.