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COURAGE is Closer to Free

Last year proved that the Closer to Free Ride is stronger than ever. Our community overcame all obstacles to fundraise, connect and ride to make sure the people of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center know we are with them... no matter what. 

This year, we’re not stopping. We will ride Closer to Free on September 11, 2021 to raise the crucial funds that fuel critical cancer research and unparalleled care at Smilow.

COMMITMENT IS CLOSER TO FREE

The Closer to Free Ride delivers an incredible event experience from the time you register. You’ll register to ride your desired distance on September 11th (from home or anywhere!) and come together with us virtually. We’ll support your fundraising and training with resources and tools to help you meet and exceed your goals. Our in-person Rider options, Start/Finish and routes are currently being finalized. Check back for details!

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COMMUNITY IS CLOSER TO FREE

The Closer to Free Ride delivers a comprehensive virtual event experience from the moment you register. The incredible Closer to Free Ride community will gather together in a series of virtual cycling and community activities from April through Ride Day. From building our 2021 mural, to Peloton rides, to shared training routes and finally special online gatherings; you’ll be connected no matter where you ride.

CURRENT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

IMPACT IS CLOSER TO FREE

Whether we ride together or from afar, the power of the Closer to Free Ride remains. One hundred percent of the funds we raise power the unparalleled research and care at Smilow and Yale Cancer Center. Every dollar you raise makes an impact. That’s right: One hundred percent of the funds you raise as a Ride participant go directly to patient care and advanced research.

Every Rider commits to raising at least $250 ($100 for youth/students) to participate and we’ll be there to help. When you register for the Closer to Free Ride you will get our 2021 CTF Ride Jersey along with fundraising resources. You will also have access to our Closer to Free Ride app and with these tools we know you can achieve your goals and more. Your dollars will be put to good work in New Haven and beyond.

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