Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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August 7, 2013

Pedaling together for Pan-Mass Challenge Teen Ride

Local teens are gearing up for next month’s second annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Teen Mountain Bike Ride on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Last year, several Andover teens, including members of the Andover High Ski Team and other local athletes and students, rose to the challenge and this year, the teen ride coordinators are seeking even greater appreciation. They are hoping to involve the Andover Public Schools and Andover Youth Services in the benefit event.

“We want to get more riders, more volunteers and raise more than the $13,000 we were able to raise in our first year,” Sophie Sherman of Andover, one of the coordinators, said in a release.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of finding a cure for cancer.

“The event is a great way for teens to have fun and give back to the community by either riding or volunteering,” Sherman said.

The event is open to riders between the ages of 13 and 18. Last year, Andover students joined representatives from more than 20 high schools across the state as well as international students from Denmark and China in completing the 1.7-mile loop on a fixed course over a mixture of single track trails and carriage roads.

This year’s ride starts at 10 a.m. at Hale Reservation in Westwood. Post-ride activities, including a raffle and music, will follow.

For more information, email AndoverkidsPMC@gmail.com or pmcteenmtb@gmail.com, call 781-449-5300 or contact the Andover High ski coaches at davidrsherman@comcast.net or pondguru@verizon.net.

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