TPAN Announces 14th Annual Ride for AIDS Chicago
Taking place July 8-9, 2017
On January 28, 2017, Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) will hold its 14th Annual Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC) Kickoff Party. This event is a motivational celebration that marks the start to the organization’s signature fundraising event. In its fourteenth year, the Ride’s mission remains the same: raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS programs and prevention services in Chicago. In addition to celebrating another year of cycling and raising awareness about HIV in Chicago, participants, donors, clients, and supporters are celebrating TPAN’s 30th anniversary in 2017!
TPAN was founded June 19, 1987 by Chris Clason and a group of 16 HIV-positive Chicagoans. Today we are one of Chicago's oldest agencies providing HIV programs and related services.
This year, the Kickoff Party will take place at Chicago’s newest cycling shop, Rapha Chicago. TPAN welcomed Rapha Chicago to the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood during the store’s Opening Party in the fall of 2016, and began a collaboration that promises to motivate cyclists of all abilities.
For 2017 the Ride will take place July 8-9. Cyclists will trek 200 miles from Evanston, IL to Elkhorn, WI and back, completing two back-to-back century rides to raise funds for TPAN and its Community Partners.
Short Mileage Option
The shorter 100-mile option debuted in 2016 and will continue for 2017. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a single 100-mile century, instead of the back-to-back 200-miles. Participants completing the 100-mile option will leave from Evanston, IL Sunday, July 9, ride 50 miles to a designated turn-around point and travel back, arriving in tandem with finishers of the 200-mile distance.
Expanding and Diversifying Training Opportunities
RFAC is not only committed to preparing cyclists for 100 or 200 miles; the commitment encompasses fitness holistically. To meet this commitment, RFAC offers a free 21-week training program, which includes indoor cycling and outdoor road cycling.
Ride participants have a variety of training options. TPAN has continued its partnership with Vision Quest Coaching, RFAC’s premier training sponsor. Vision Quest Coaching provides cyclists of all levels a personalized eight-week computraining class. Two-time RFAC cyclist Jane Erb described the training by stating, “Vision Quest classes build confidence to prepare you mentally for the road. Working hard in class translates to a positive ‘can-do’ attitude over the long distances we ride during outdoor training and during the ride itself.” Discounted classes are available for Ride participants at any of VQ’s locations, with the next eight-week session beginning February 27, 2017.
TPAN also continues its great relationship with Cheetah Gym in Andersonville (5248 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640) for free indoor training for registered participants, beginning Sunday, February 5 . The classes will run weekly, Sundays from 8:30-9:30am and Thursdays from 7-8pm.
New for 2017, RFAC participants will have an additional home to get their sweat flowing! SoulCycle Southport has offered registered RFAC participants 3 free classes per week for the month of February. RFAC participants are invited to a group ride Thursday, February 2 at the newest SoulCycle location on Southport (3423 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60657)
RFAC’s free and fully supported outdoor training will begin Saturday, April 15.
As an insentive for new and returning participants, registration for RFAC is free through February 11, 2017. Beginning February 12, participants will pay $85 to sign up. Cyclists are required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000. Crew are encouraged to fundraise $500.
As TPAN’s largest fundraising event, the Ride empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy lives. In TPAN’s 30th anniversary year, TPAN reflects on the fact that the agency remains Chicago’s oldest peer-led HIV/AIDS service organization. The 2017 Ride benefits TPAN and its community partners: About Face Theater, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Center on Halsted, Chicago House, and Fred Says. Since its inception, the Ride for AIDS Chicago has raised more than $4.5 million.
ContactGary Nelson, Events & Communication Manager
5050 N Broadway St 300
Chicago, IL 60640
Ph: (773) 989-9400