AMHERST, N.Y. - More than 8,000 people pedaled their way around Western New York Saturday morning to raise $4.3 million dollars for the fight against cancer.
The Ride for Roswell is the largest single-day cycling event in the country. 2014 marked the 19th year for the ride, which raises money to fund cutting-edge cancer research and patient program development at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Many of the participants are cancer survivors. Others rode in honor of someone battling cancer or in memory of someone who died from the disease.
There are several different routes ranging from a three-mile course to a 104-mile ride. On Friday night, riders who raised more than $1000 each took part in the Peleton ride from Roswell Park to the University at Buffalo's North Campus. They were welcomed by cheers from thousands of people as they rode into UB Stadium.
Figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton served as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony.
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Ride officials announced a new route for the 20th anniversary in 2015. It will go across the Peace Bridge into Canada, along the Niagara River Parkway to Niagara Falls, then cross back into the United States and on to UB North.