FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 13, 2018
The Annual BRAKING AIDS® Ride Kicks Off Friday, September 14
Cyclists to Complete 3-Day Ride from Cooperstown to NYC to End HIV/AIDS & Homelessness
Starting Friday, September 14, the seventh annual BRAKING AIDS® Ride will bring together 150 cycling activists, volunteer road crew, and thousands of their supporters to raise money and awareness in support of efforts to end AIDS and homelessness. Riders will complete a three-day, 300-mile ride from Cooperstown, riding across New York State to Albany, through the Catskills and down the Hudson Valley, making their way into New York City on Sunday, September 16, to proclaim the approaching end of AIDS. BRAKING AIDS® Ride benefits Housing Works, a non-profit organization providing lifesaving services to thousands of people living with HIV who have limited or no financial resources to manage the disease. Since 2012, BRAKING AIDS® Ride has raised over $1.7 million for Housing Works and the support continues to flourish.
The event’s opening ceremonies will take place on Friday, September 14, at 6:45am at Clarks Sports Center in Cooperstown, NY (124 County Highway 52) and will feature remarks by Housing Works President and CEO Charles King, who will participate his seventh ride this year.
The fight to end AIDS is at a pivotal moment. The Ride’s new route this year through New York State is an intentional act of advocacy, a civil-rights march on two wheels that reflects a deep commitment to the state plan to end New York’s AIDS epidemic by the year 2020. The event also combats HIV stigma by making the issue visible and taking the ride and its message to community centers, schools, and faith communities across the state, where locals, youth especially, can learn about AIDS and the people committed to fighting it.
"BRAKING AIDS® Ride reflects our commitment to fight every day to end HIV as an epidemic and to achieve health equity and social justice for the most disenfranchised New Yorkers,” said Housing Works President and CEO Charles King. “2016 data indicates we are on track for achieving most of our ending-the-epidemic targets, but we are lagging behind on several fronts outside New York City. We have not seen sufficient declines in new infections among women, especially transgender women, and we have also seen a frightening rise in new infections among foreign-born Latino gay and bisexual men. Donations to the ride are helping us defeat ongoing efforts to destroy our nation’s health care system and also support our advocacy campaigns to expand rental assistance for low-income people with HIV outside New York City, to ensure that all service providers are supporting viral suppression, and to ensure that everyone at risk of HIV has access to pre-exposure prophylaxis. Together, we can end AIDS.”
Major New York cities and town that the ride will pass through on the route follow below. Click here for a complete list of cheering stations for spectators and media.
Day 1: Fri., Sept. 14: Cooperstown • Schenectady • Albany
Day 2: Sat., Sept.15: Albany • Saugerties • Woodstock • Kerhonkson/Ellenville
Day 3: Sun., Sept. 16: Ellenville • Cornwall • Nyack • Englewood/Bergen County, NJ • New York City
The closing ceremony will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday, September 16 at Grant’s Tomb National Monument (W. 122nd Street and Riverside Drive) in New York City. As the riders arrive to the roaring welcome of friends, family and Housing Works residents, memorial flags will be hoisted to commemorate those lost in the fight against AIDS. A victory party will follow at Riverside Memorial Church. For more information, please visit www.brakingaidsride.org.