The PMC Kids Rides program was born in 2005 and the Cape Ann, MA chapter was established in 2013 thanks to Alexis and her family. Since its inception our chapter has raised over $40,000 dollars of unrestricted funds. The Kids Rides program is for children ages 2–15 years old and our chapter has produced many adult PMC riders as they have come of age. We are always looking for volunteers & sponsors to help us facilitate this program. Ready to get involved? We hope to see you at our next event!
Register to Ride
Once registration is complete for both in-person and virtual riders, parents will receive a confirmation email with information on how to log into their management page to customize donation pages and to track donations.
The PMC strongly recommends that all participants—including riders who are eligible—be vaccinated to attend a PMC Kids Ride.
Parents will need to create an account or log in with an existing account to register their child or family. When creating an account, please enter the parent's information first, as there will be a separate section in registration to enter the child's information.
Under "Event Option" parents will be able to select a route for each child. Riders have a $20 registration fee and a $40 fundraising minimum. Parents will need to sign a waiver and agree to the fundraising commitment in order to complete registration. In-person riders will receive their rider kit at the ride.
Parents will be able to select the “Virtual Rider” route if their child will not be riding in person but still wants to support the PMC Kids Rides program. Virtual riders can ride in their own neighborhood on the day of the ride or whenever they'd like!
If a virtual rider raises $50 or more, they will receive an official PMC Kids Rides t-shirt and water bottle at the end of June for spring rides and at the end of September for fall rides.
Fundraising & Donations
The fundraising minimum for each rider is $40 and is due by September 1.
Riders who go above and beyond with their fundraising will be recognized as Heavy Hitters or Breakaway Fundraisers and will receive a special gift in recognition of their fundraising efforts.
Heavy Hitter – $450
Riders will receive a PMC Kids Rides canvas pouch and a certificate.
Breakaway Fundraiser –$950
Riders will receive a PMC Kids Ride duffle bag and a certificate.
Customize your rider profile page (set a goal, include why you are riding and a photo)
Set up a Facebook Fundraiser
Start your fundraising early
Send out hand-written letters or emails to your friends and family
100 percent of all rider-raised dollars go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Donate online to a specific rider or to our Cape Ann PMC Kids Ride or donate by check. Checks can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge or PMC.
Please send all checks to:
PMC Kids Rides
77 4th Ave
Needham, MA 02494
Make sure that the rider's name is listed so they can receive credit!
Schedule of Events
Park your car in the designated area. Bring your bike and park in the location specific to your loop. There will be volunteers to guide you. Early check-in for riders & volunteers: TBD
Check-in for Riders and Volunteers
Park your bikes in the marked start area (make note of where you parked them!). Check in so you can get your t-shirt and if you are a rider so you can get your bike number! All riders must have a bike number so they know what route they are riding.
We ask everyone to join us at the gazebo...it's okay to leave the bikes for now - they'll wait for you! Welcome and announcements...get ready for the rollout!
PLEASE, VOLUNTEERS ONLY IN THE PARKING LOT
Parents—please do not walk on the route. Only parents that have registered to volunteer as Bike Marshals or as Route Guides may ride or be on-foot on the routes.
Please cheer on the riders as they begin their ride. We'll send off riders by route to keep the flow going safely. The riders will return to where they started and you can meet them at the end of the ride.
Tykes Loop—A parent must remain at this route while their child is riding.
Kids may ride the paved routes multiple times, time permitting. Tykes can circle in their loop for as long as they want. At 10 am, adult volunteers will sweep the 1 and 3 mile routes to make sure all riders are in. The kids will leave their bikes in the parking lot where they started and return to the park to enjoy the festivities!
Please enjoy the party including
Raffle—lots of prizes!
We have a ride route for everyone!
Pick a ride that best meets your interest and challenges your ability.
Minnow Ages 2 to 6
Held within the confines of the park. Recommended for children with training wheels, tricycles or pedal-less bikes. Parents must stay near their child at all times, but not on the route.
Guppy 1 Mile
This is a paved route down Beach St. from the park to Singing Beach (with a gentle hill) and back. Riders can do this route as many times as they would like until the ride is closed at 10:30 am. There are two Bike Marshalls to every 15 riders. No training wheels, tricycles or pedal-less bikes permitted on this route.
Striper 3 Miles
Similar to the Guppy route, riders will head down Beach Street, making a right on Proctor St. and looping around to Masconomo St. Riders will then turn right on Beach St. to Singing Beach then back to the park. There is a water stop on Proctor St. and at Singing Beach. No training wheels, tricycles or pedal-less bikes permitted on this route.
View the route map here >
Shark's Tooth 5 Miles
This route will kick off with the Guppy 1 mile route to Singing Beach and back. Riders will take a right on Tappan St., left on Sea St, cross over Summer St. (127) and ride through the village down Norwood Ave toward the Middle/High School. Riders will then zigzag to Pleasant St, making a right onto School St. They will follow School St. to Mill St. and around the backside of the golf course merging back onto Summer St. (127) to return to Masconomo. This is for novice & intermediate riders, or experienced riders who don't want to ride the 11 mile route! This route will have Police and/or volunteer detail with 1-2 water stops.
View the route map here >
Whale's Tale 11 Miles
This course is for experienced riders. The ride follows the same route as Sharks Tooth through the Village, however, continues on School St. to Essex and back. The ride is sign posted and Bike Marshalls escort riders along the way. This route will have Police and/or volunteer detail with 1-2 water stops.
View the route map here >
Virtual riders are those who would prefer to ride on their own and not in person at the event. Virtual riders who raise $50 or more will receive an official PMC Kids Rides t-shirt and water bottle at the end of June for spring rides or at the end of September for fall rides. Virtual riders have no registration fee or fundraising commitment.
General Safety Tips
Wear a properly-fitted helmet (children are required to wear helmets when participating).
Ride in control – this is not a race.
Hands should remain on handlebars.
Never wear any kind of headphones. You need to hear clearly.
Follow the ride guides and volunteers.
When passing other rides, make sure to yell “on your left!” Never pass riders on the right.
If you need to slow down or stop to cross an intersection or obstacle, yell “slowing” or “stopping” to alert those behind you