‘Headers ride for a reason in Pan-Mass Challenge

Thirty Marblehead cyclists pedaled up to 211 miles to Provincetown last weekend in the two-day Pan-Mass Challenge, hoping to raise a record-breaking $70 million. The money will go toward cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

More than 6,000 riders from around the world joined the famous ride, which has raised about $970 million since it started in 1980.

Routes range from 25 to 211 miles, to cater to all levels of cycling ability.

“The steadfast commitment of the PMC community year after year continues to inspire me,” said Billy Starr, founder and executive director of the PMC.

The riders from Marblehead were: Jake Bennet, Ian Boldt, Gabrielle Coffman, Chris Coyle, Tom Cushman, Dan Donato, Stephen Garfield, Emma Garfield, John Harrison, Moira James, David Manganis, Louis Mayle, Caroline McCarthy, Angus McQuilken, Mark Meyer, Chris Morrissey, Howard Needel, Kristin O’Neil-Callahan, Henry Peabody, Peter Reuter, Robert Rieckelman, Maya Tavares, Nathan Teplow, Ellie Tomlinson, Laura Tyrrell, Kathleen Vander Laan, Dave Weist, Marty Willis, Bill Willis and David Winder.

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Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

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