Empire State Ride raises more than $500,000

Empire State Ride Ends in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- For about 101 bicyclists, a ride across the state came to a close Saturday evening in Niagara Falls.

The Empire State Ride is a seven-day cycling adventure across the state, to support cutting-edge cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

Most riders started in Manhattan, riding around 40 to 75 miles per day. Others took part in one-day rides along the route. 

"You know what else happens on this event is, you start off not knowing anybody, and by the end, you're a high-performing team," said Empire State Ride Founder, Terry Bourgeois. "[T]oday was about teamwork. We grouped together, we blocked wind for each other, and we came across the finish line like one big family, as a team, working together, to accomplish this amazing feat."

Channel 2's Adam Benigni also took part in the last leg of the ride Saturday. 

More than $500,000 was raised from the ESR for Roswell Park. 

“The funds raised by the Empire State Ride participants allow Roswell Park to make lifesaving advances in many areas of cancer research, including clinical trials, personalized medicine and immunotherapy,” said Candace Johnson, PhD, and Roswell Park President and CEO according to a news release from Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

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