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JOIN US!  MARCH 11-12TH 2017

THE PAN-FLORIDA CHALLENGE

 180 MILES •  NAPLES TO FT. PIERCE 
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The 2017 Pan-Florida Challenge dares riders to pedal 180 miles in 2 days , to provide meals to hungry children in southern Florida. 1: 4 local kids do not know where their next meal is coming from. The more funds you raise, the more meals we buy hungry kids. We can end childhood hunger, one meal at a time, with 2.5 million meals to date!  100% of riders’ donations to go toward feeding hungry kids!

YOUR CHALLENGE INCLUDES:

Comprehensive online fundraising support

OFFICIAL Pan-Florida Challenge™ Cycling Jersey

Multiple food and water stops, and SAG support

Camaraderie of fellow riders and volunteers supporting your ride

Scenic overnight accommodations. Your reservation and bed are included.

Catered breakfast to start your ride.

Catered dinner after Day 1.

Catered breakfast to start Day 2.

Fabulous post ride celebration and Finish Line Party.

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HOW THE PFC CHALLENGE WORKS.


We ride to provide meals to hungry children who do not know where their next meal is coming from. 100% of riders’ donations directly fund meals for hungry kids. The fundraising minimum is $1,500. The more money you raise, the more meals are fed to hungry kids. Funds raised in 2016 are feeding 2,500 elementary school children all school year long at 36 schools and aftercare sites in eight Florida counties: Palm Beach, Collier, Lee, Hendry, Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie.

Registration fee is $50, after February 1 registration fee increases to $75.

• Fundraising minimum is $1,500

• 100% of riders’ raised donations go to feed meals to hungry kids

• Personal online campaign fundraising tools, site, social, email, and messaging support included

• May 1, 2017 is the deadline to submit funds raised; remainder funds not raised will be charged to the credit card on file.

It was awesome – Florida has some beautiful country out there, and the fact that we did this for a great cause, trying to raise 250,000 meals to feed hungry children gives you that much more energy to push through and finish.  I  enjoyed the camaraderie of the ride, the fellow riders and everyone who shared a passion for the same things, a passion  for riding and for going out there to support a cause that is important to us –kids going hungry right in our own community.”

Brian Mast, PFC Arm Chair Rider, retired U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan, and current U.S. Congressman.

I had a wonderful time at the 2015 Pan Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids. The sag stops and support were incredible, the passion and effort put into the ride was amazing, and everyone there was having a great time. The most daunting task of, raising the money, was surprisingly easy seeing as people want to help. I recommend this ride to riders of all levels and people from all walks of life.

Paige Kelly, Triathlete, Ironman, 25 years old, PFC Rider.

I was looking for a way to extend my passion for biking a meaningful way and came across an article in the Florida Weekly about the Pan Florida Challenge and the important cause it supports. I quickly signed up and got engaged. While my focus was to raise money for hungry children, what I didn’t realize was how I was being changed.  I came away from the experience with awesome memories, new friends, and a new sense of God’s heart for the needy and that changed my heart forever . I’ll be back next year and I’m bringing my friends. I encourage anyone who is even slightly interested to get on board and get ready for their hearts to be changed….”

Jeff Sannes, PFC Rider, Corporate Funds Matching Fundraiser.

Matt McCain writes… “In 2015, I was invited to participate in the Pan Florida challenge. I always thought about riding across the state but the idea of doing it with friends for charity made it far more appealing. My big concern was hitting $1500 in fundraising. I’ve worked on Everyone Rides raising money for the Boys and Girls clubs for 12 years and utilized all my resources for that event.

I agreed to do it and to my surprise the fundraising was incredibly easy. I did it exclusively thru Facebook. Over the course of a few months I posted requests maybe 10 times. I sent a few private messages and that was it. You should know I don’t have 1000 followers on FB. (I use it for friends and family and only have a few hundred). If the fundraising is what is keeping you from committing you are worrying for nothing.

Raising money to feed hungry kids is easier than riding across the state. Luckily the event organizers took care of everything and the ride was an amazing weekend of food and fun. You could go do this event or you could continue to do the same rides you do every weekend.

The choice is yours.

Matt McCain, PFC Rider, Chief of the Start Line 2016 Father, Founder of Everyone Rides
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The 2017 Papa John’s Racing p/b Trek elite women’s cycling team announces return to 2017 Pan-Florida Challenge

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Naples, FL – January 30, 2017 – The Pan-Florida Challenge announced today that the Papa John’s Racing p/b Trek 2017 Elite Women’s Team will again ride the 2-day, 180- mile Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry [...]

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Pan-Florida Challenge Raises Over $1 Million Dollars For Local Hungry Kids, Partners with the Hendry County Public School District, The Hendry County Tourism Development Council, The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Okeechobee & Glades, Operation Back Pack in Labelle, and The United Methodist Church in Clewiston to feed 190,000 Meals to 400 local students going hungry on weekends in 7 Schools in Hendry County.

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Naples, FL – January 24, 2017 – The Pan-Florida Challenge (PFC) has raised $1.1 million over the past year to provide 2.5 million meals for hungry children across Florida. The money will feed 2,500 [...]

2017 Pan-Florida Challenge F.A.Q.

Here are a few answers to our most common asked questions!

The 2017 Annual Pan-Florida Challenge for Hungry Kids is an exclusive 180-mile journey from Naples to Ft. Pierce, Florida on March 11th and 12th, 2017. They have one bold goal – to raise funds for 2,000,000 meals to feed hungry kids. We are limiting participation because we want every rider to have a superb experience – one that they will want to repeat year after year!

The start is at 7:30 sharp on March 11th, Saturday at Talis Park.

  • 6:15AM Riders are welcome to arrive at the earliest
  • 6:30-7:15 AM is time to drop off bags, eat breakfast, and be debriefed on the morning ride, or last packet pick up. Each rider is registered on a list to get into the front gate of this private community.
  • 7:15-7:30 AM Group into ride groups, meet your ride leaders and Biker Support car drivers.
  • 7:30 AM Speeches & Trumpet us out,
  • 7:40AM Roll out through the start.

Talis Park Golf Club House, 16475 Talis Park Drive, Naples, FL 34110 Every person is registered on a list to get into the front gate. START – at Vyne House Front entrance is drop off area for bikers.

We will rest, rejuvenate, and stay overnight on the shores of scenic Lake Placid at the Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center. After your ride, you will enjoy kayaking, canoeing, zip lining, climbing, and more. Learn more about the resort:

http://www.lpccc.net/

We have taken care of all the details for you. Every registered rider has one bed reserved and paid for in their name at the world famous bass fishing resort, the Roland Martin Marina on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. Quality of rooms varies: First riders to register will get the best rooms. Click here to learn more about the resort and accommodations>

*We provide a bed for you in a room. Some rooms have 2 beds, 3 beds or 1 bed. Some have 2 bedrooms with doors that close, others are 2 beds in one room. First to register get the best rooms, on down the line to the trailers that are very nice ones where our own Executive Director stays.

With any special requests, please call Jeri at 239-298-1620 If you want to upgrade your room, you can book a hotel reservation for yourself at if you would like at the Ramada Lake Placid (863-840-9907). Limited rooms available at $89 per night, plus taxes and fees. Rooms at this rate available until 1/13/17.

Riders will take one of two mini- coaches (seats 40) back to Naples, to the Starting Line. Departing from the Finale Finish Line Party, there will be 2-3 times to choose from, last bus leaves at 4pm.

Yes, a moving truck takes the luggage. From the Starting line, you will be given a wristband with your name/number and that same tag goes on your bike & your bag. We will truck your bag to the overnight location, where you can pick it up with your key to your room. You return your bag to us in the morning and we will again transport the bag to  where you can pick it up to go take a shower. When you are ready you will bring your bag on the coach bus with you.

To take the challenge there is a $50 registration fee and a $1,500 fundraising minimum. Our goal is for 100% of the funds raised by riders to go directly to feeding meals to hungry kids in Florida. We offer a full set of online fundraising tools to help you reach your goal – from your own site to recommended emails and fun fundraising ideas. You will enjoy basking in the glow of your epic accomplishment, and thousands of hungry kids will thank you.

Your PFC jersey will be given to you at the Packet Pick up. Along with socks and a goody bag.

Your PFC jersey will be given to you at the Packet Pick up. Along with socks and a goody bag.

March 9th, 1:00-4:00 Beacon Real Estate Office (Founding Sponsor) 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Suite 106, Naples, FL, 34102 Across from Lowdermilk Park

March 10th 9AM-12PM at Beacon Real Estate Office (Founding Sponsor) 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, Suite 106, Naples, FL, 34102 Across from Lowdermilk Park

March 10th, 4:00-8:00PM Talis Park Vyne House Talis Park Golf Club House, 16475 Talis Park Drive, Naples, FL 34110 **There is a rider debriefing and orientation following packet pick up, plus meet the PFC Riders Social wine & cheese from 6PM-8PM on March 10th

Yes! March 10th, come out and meet fellow PFC Riders, volunteers and sponsors at the Talis Park, Vyne House. 6:00-8:00 PM. Location: Talis Park Golf Club House, 16475 Talis Park Drive, Naples, FL 34110

Make sure your chain and cassette are in good shape- These can stretch and fall off on long rides. Make sure your bike is in good working order. No one is selling parts in the middle of the state! Make sure it’s clean and all lubed. Make sure your tires are in good shape. Make sure your helmet is under 5 years old.

Prepare to ride 106 miles on the first day. Wear your PFC Jersey to the start! Put on sunscreen before you leave your house. Before you know it, it’ll be 11:00 and you’re frying. Show up at the Start with your sunblock already on, and bring it on the ride. Bring a second set of personal equipment if you have it. Bring several cycling kits Pack an extra pair of gloves Towel – definitely. There’s nothing like my own for showers at hotel at the Finish Line after a long ride.

You have until May 2, 2017 to raise the funding. We also provide you with a lot of photos and video from the ride, and a great bike prize for added incentive to fund raise after the ride event takes place. If on May 2, you have not raised $1,500, the difference of what you have not raised is charged to your card on file from when you registered. For example, if you raised $1,200, then $300 will be charged to your card on May 15th, 2017.

**Note: Riders who did the ride last year raised on average $2,900 because when people find out about hungry kids in our local community from you, and then hear what a heroic challenge you are taking on to do something about it, they support you with donations.**

We feed you at every water stop with the following list of items (complete list is on this link) Water Stop Items: Bananas, Peanut Butter, Strawberry & Grape Jelly, Nutella, White Bread, Wheat Bread, Oranges, Grapes, Apples, Fig Newtons, Trader Joe’s Fig Bars, Cookies/Clif Bars/Granola bars, Dried Fruit/Trail mix with nuts, Power Bars, Luna Bars, Pickles, Pretzels, Gu, Salt Tablets (NUUN) assorted flavors, Xrcel. Water, Gatorade. Cokes & beer at finish lines. For Dinner we will have a buffet with fish, chicken, veggie lasagna, salads and sautéed vegetables, rice. For Breakfast we will have a buffet with oatmeal, bagels, fruits, nuts, and bacon, eggs, sausage, assorted pastries. For anyone with food allergies please alert Maura at maura@panfloridachallenge.org.

Few Days before Preparations begin… Be well hydrated. Start drinking extra water 2-3 days beforehand. Day of is too late. Begin hydrating up a few days before, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. That’s big – so you don’t bonk on the ride. Stay away from alcohol a few days before hand – dehydrates you and it’s going to be hot out there. Drink! 1 Bottle of Water every hour on the road, and load 5 bottles of Xrcel (1 for each hour) into an extra water bottle if that’s your fuel of choice! Eat a good breakfast at 6 AM – at least 1-2 hours before the ride starts – oatmeal & fruit, bagel with peanut butter and eggs are all good. Get to Talis Park at 6 AM to have breakfast with me if you like.

I’D LIKE TO RIDE BUT DO NOT WANT TO BE LEFT IN THE DUST! IS 13 MPH GOOD ENOUGH? Yes! We will not leave any rider in the dust! We are grouping riders by speed, and 13 mph would put you in the D group. We are modeling the PFC on a ride in Massachusetts called the Pan-Mass Challenge where for over 5,500 riders; 13mph is their average pace. We are asking riders to tell us the speed at which they want to ride. Select from 5 groups at registration. You will fit right in!

I LIKE THE ROUTE AND WANT TO RIDE WITH MY BUDDIES. WE OFTEN RIDE 20-25 MPH. IS THAT TOO FAST? Nope! You and your friends are welcome to join us! At registration you can select from different “pace” ride groups:

A+ (25)

A (22-25)

B+ (19-20)

B (18-19)

C+ (17-18)

C (16-17)

C-(15-16)

D+ (13-15)

D (13)

You will NEVER be on your own – we have a plan to keep pace groups together with support vehicles in front/back of groups, SAG vehicles riding in zone coverage, and Ride group leaders of each pack of riders. You will not be all alone riding, unless you want to be. You also will be fully supported on the ride.

Yes! We will eight water stops throughout the ride, including Germain Arena, Alva Country Diner, LaBelle, Venus, and more. We will finish Day 1 at the Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center.

(routes and water stops subject to change up until the day before the ride).

Because the cost of putting on the annual event and ride expenses per rider are not insignificant. And also because there are 1.1 million children going hungry in Florida. We want to put more than a dent in that number. We want to feed every last hungry child. No local kid hungry. Not 1.

• Free Bike Checks – Ask for Greg Pelican at Trek Bicycle Store of Naples/ 9051 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL / (239) 591-8735  SAG Chief, Pro Mechanic John Columbus – picks up and drops off your bike to you./ (239) 404-2558, Best in the Business

100% of Donor dollars go towards the meals for the hungry kids. The PFC Ride overhead expenses are being generously sponsored by local companies, businesses, organizations and families. Thanks to our sponsors, 100% of riders’ expenses are underwritten, enabling every last penny or rider-raised dollars to be spent on more meals for the kids. We are still recruiting sponsors to cover the costs, with meaningful exposure to elite riders and donors in both Naples and Ft. Pierce. Interested or know someone who may be? Email Jeri at Jeri@panfloridachallenge.org.

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