YORKTOWN, N.Y. Four Yorktown residents and a Cortlandt resident will be among about 250 men and women from across the nation participating in the 10th annual Tri-State Trek, a three-day, 270-mile charity bike ride to raise awareness and funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) research.
The bike ride, which will be held July 20-22, starts in Boston and ends in Greenwich, Conn. ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans and currently has no cure.
Making up the team The Vicious Cyclists are Tim George, Max and Sabrina Bluestone, and Linus Hamann, all of Yorktown; and Paul Dorsa of Cortlandt.
"I am going for round two with the Trek because it is such an awesome event that brings people together for a very meaningful and serious cause," George said. "I cannot think of a better thing to do during my summer."
"I am doing the Tri-State Trek for a second year because it is a beautiful ride for an amazing cause," said Max Bluestone. "The incredible people that I met last year, especially those with ALS, inspired me to be the change and to work to find a cure for this debilitating disease. I hope that some day my contribution will lead to the discovery of a cure that saves the lives of so many good people with ALS."
Sabrina Bluestone is doing the Trek for the third time, while Hamann and Dorsa are venturing out for their first experience.
"I'm riding the Tri-State Trek to help fight ALS and raise money for this great cause, as well as to have a great time and bike for a good cause," Dorsa said.
The Tr-State Trek is an annual event created and produced by the ALS Therapy Development Institute . In the past 10 years, riders and volunteers have raised more than $2.5 million. This year's event is expected to raise more than $500,000. The Trek has grown from 16 cyclists in 2003 to more than 260 riders last year.
"This bike ride is about bringing attention to ALS and the desperate need for effective treatments for patients today," said Steve Perrin, CEO and chief scientific officer at the ALS Therapy Development Institute and a Tri-State Trek participant.
For more information on riding, volunteering or making a donation, call 617-441-7200 or visit www.TriStateTrek.com .