NORWOOD, MA, ISSUED AUGUST 1, 2011 …This year’s Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) bike-a-thon included a team of riders from the Norwood-based firm GZA GeoEnvironmental marking the 25th year for “Team GZA” with the company raising more than $540,000. Funds raised in the Pan Mass Challenge benefit the Dana Farber Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
Cyclists choose from 11 routes of varying mileage with two day routes that range from 153 to 190 miles and one day rides that range from 25 to 110 miles. Cycling and cancer research have been connected in New England since 1980 when 36 cyclists rode 220 miles across Massachusetts to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. Their efforts garnered more than $10,000 and the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the nation’s original fundraising cycling event, was born.
The 2011 PMC included more than 5,000 cyclists from 34 states and six countries will ride. This year’s goal is to raise $34 million for Dana Farber.
The riders of “Team GZA” included: Anders Bjarngard of Reading, riding for the 9th year; Mary Hall of Needham, riding for her 11th year; Brian Morrill, W. Bridgewater, a 14 year rider with Team GZA; Ken Johnston of Stoughton riding for his 22 year.
“We are proud of the continued commitment of these dedicated riders and the support of all of our employees who give of their time and energy to help others,” said William R. Beloff, President and CEO of GZA GeoEnvironmental. “Their efforts inspire all of us to support them and contribute to the important research in the fight against cancer.”