The Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) is a two-day, tri-county charity cycling event benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This major community initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was created in 2010 in response to the initial cancer diagnosis of beloved Dolphins alumnus and radio voice Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich. Although losing his battle to cancer in 2011, Mandich’s memory and spirit has continued to live on in what has become one of South Florida’s most unique charity fundraising events for cancer research.
Since its inception, the DCC has united hundreds of riders pedaling routes ranging from 30 to 170 miles throughout South Florida, all with the common goal of tacking cancer one mile at a time. Kids ages three through 13 also get to demonstrate their support for cancer research by riding several courses located on the grounds of Sun Life Stadium on DCC weekend. Last year’s Dolphins Cycling Challenge was its greatest success yet raising $2,200,000 for Sylvester. The amount is one of the largest gifts ever to Sylvester from a single event and represents 100% of rider raised funds raised by more than 2,000 cyclists that participated in the third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) on November 3-4, 2012. The funds raised for the DCC are also the largest single event donation by a NFL team. In just its first three years of existence, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge has raised over $3.8 million for cancer research!
The fourth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge will take place on the weekend of November 2nd or 3rd, or the weekend of November 16th and 17th, 2013. The finalized weekend date will be announced once the Miami Dolphins schedule is released in April. This year, the DCC continues to set their sights high in their fight to eradicate cancer with a fundraising goal of $5 million. It is only with the help and dedication of the South Florida community that can make the DCC’s goal a reality.
Adult and Kids Ride registration for the 2013 Dolphins Cycling Challenge will open in February online at www.rideDCC.com. In order to ensure that all individuals can participate, the DCC offers six different routes that cater to all individual skill sets. They also offer a “virtual rider” option for those who cannot hit the bike trail on DCC weekend, but would still like to show their support.
Whether as a rider, sponsor, or a donor, the DCC encourages all members of the community to become involved in this year’s event as your support benefits one of today’s most important causes – cancer research.
To learn more about the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, please visit www.rideDCC.com or call 305-943-6799.