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 Kids March 11-12. They will join other cyclists raising funds to provide 2 million meals for children in Florida and Haiti. The team then will compete in numerous US racing events on the Pro Road Tour Calendar and the USA Crit Series.

“We are excited to have this 9-woman team of champions accompanying our riders from Naples to Ft. Pierce, crossing the state to raise awareness of the nearly 25 percent of all children in Florida who live without food each weekend, “ said Maura Plante, executive director of the annual fundraising event. “This is a great opportunity for participants in the challenge to spend a fun weekend on wheels riding with and testing themselves against many of the best champions in the sport!”

“We are excited about coming back to ride the PFC challenge,” said Tish Kelly, the team manager. “Our team is dedicated to racing hard and having fun. Raising funds to feed hungry kids is a great way for these cycling ambassadors to promote the sport.

The Florida-based professional women’s cycling team includes:

  • Tina Pic – 1st in 2016 USA Crit Series, 6x USA Crit champion, 2x Pan Am Gold
  • Christina Goeky-Smith – 2nd 2016 USA Crit Series, 2017 CX national champion
  • Madison Kelly, one national title, 3 state championships
  • Laurel Rathbun – 11x jr /collegiate national champion, Team USA Track, Road, Cyclecross
  • Debbie Milne – 5x USA champion, 140 career wins
  • Sara Tussey Rains – 3x US champion, 2016 USA Crits overall lap leader
  • Kimberly Pettit – 1st Masters National Road Race, 1st US Crit, 9 US championship medals
  • Payten Maness – U23 CX Texas state champion
  • Tish Kelly – Flamingo Racing, team manager.

The Pan-Florida Challenge is committed to ending childhood hunger in Florida. The organization has raised nearly $2 million to provide 2.5 million meals for hungry children across eight Florida counties through the proprietary PFC Power PackTM weekend meals program. PFC Power Packs TM with enough nutrition to exceed USDA recommendations for the weekend are put into the kids’ backpacks at the end of school each Friday. Funds raised will feed 2,500 children at 36 elementary schools and aftercare sites in eight Florida counties: Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and St. Lucie. One hundred percent of the money raised by riders goes directly to feeding hungry children.

Riders, sponsors, and volunteers are encouraged to participate in the Pan-Florida Challenge. To learn more, please visit:  www.panfloridachallenge.org.

For more information about the Papa John’s Racing p/b Trek 2017 Elite Women’s Team, go to:

www.panfloridachallenge.racepartner.com/Fundraising/PapaJohnsRacingPbTrekEliteWomenFeedHungryKids