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Yes! The 2020 Closer to Free Ride will take place as a redesigned event and you can join us from home from the moment your register through Ride Day. While public health concerns and local regulations will prevent us from gathering together in person on September 12, we can still unite from wherever we are to deliver the hope, love and support that Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center need. Registered CTF Riders and Volunteers will still be able to cycle (or choose another activity) and raise essential funds for those who need it most. There’s no fundraising minimum, but the need for funding is even greater now, so we’ll have suggested fundraising minimums and rewards to keep you challenged and inspired. As always, 100% of the funds we raise will go to the unparalleled research and care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.
The redesigned 2020 Closer to Free Ride is an experience that allows you to ride and fundraise from wherever you choose to be. Ride Day will still take place on September 12, 2020 but instead of coming together in person, we’ll come together for an online opening ceremony. You will then be encouraged to ride the distance you registered for while following proper social distancing guidelines.
There are several ways to ensure your mileage counts towards our 100,000 mile goal!
The first step is to Join the CTF Strava Group (you’ll have to create a Strava account if you have not already):
On the Strava app, you can log miles directly by choosing “Record” on the bottom of the app screen before you begin your ride. Don’t forget to choose “Finish” when you are done to log your complete ride! Strava also integrates with many GPS watches, smart watches and cycling computers to sync activities as well.
Peloton bike, follow these instructions to link your bike to your Strava account
Zwift, follow these instructions to link your accounts: https://bit.ly/3eQlKcD
Spin bike that doesn’t capture metrics see manual entry below.
Thanks for helping us reach our 10 Year Challenge of 100,000 miles!
Yes. As fundraising is central to our mission, all Riders who raise $100 will receive Lawn Signs, $250 will receive a CTF 10th Year baseball hat and all who reach the suggested minimums of $500 (adult) and $250 (youth) will receive the 10th Year hat plus our 10th year cycling jersey! All Volunteers/Virtual Fundraisers who reach the suggested minimum of $500 will receive the 10th year hat plus our 10th year long-sleeve shirt!
Note: To qualify for a reward you must reach the reward level by October 15th. Lawn signs will not be mailed and will be available for pick up only in July and August. All other reward items will be mailed. Rewards will be mailed in two shipments: one pre-event and one post-event (to be received by December 31). To receive any or all of your rewards pre-event you must reach the reward level(s) by August 25th. To receive your rewards post-ride you must reach the reward level(s) by October 15th. For example, if you are registered as a Rider and meet your $500 suggested fundraising minimum ($250 for youth under 12) by August 25th, we will send you your jersey to wear/use on Ride Day! If you meet the suggested minimum after the August 25th date, your jersey (and other items) will be sent out by December 31.
You may register as a Rider or a Volunteer/Virtual Fundraiser and raise funds to support Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.
To help defray production costs, we have a reduced registration fee of $25 for Riders. Your fee will enable us to provide you with an online fundraising page, training guide and registration kit will be complete with participation and fundraising guides as well as tribute bibs and more to use on Ride Day, September 12th. You will also have access to our virtual Ride Day programming.
No, there is no fundraising minimum for the 2020 event. We ask that you strive to meet our suggested minimum of $500 for adults and $250 for youth (the same as the traditional CTF Ride) to bring vital funding to Smilow. And of course, we encourage you to go above and beyond those suggested minimums, because the more we raise, the more we support the essential research and care carried out right here in Conneticut.
“Suggested fundraising” means that we won’t hold you to a specific dollar amount nor will you be automatically charged for any monetary goal you set. We ask that you do your best to fundraise the most you can and know that 100% of the funds we raise will go to the unparalleled research and care at Smilow and Yale Cancer Center.
Registering as a Rider now means you’ll receive a registration kit and gain immediate access to your online Closer to Free Ride dashboard and fundraising page. Registering now also means you can join the community and access the tools and resources we have ready for you to begin training, fundraising and gathering (safely apart)!
The CTF designed routes are public roads however we strongly encourage our community to select their own route in order to comply with social distancing.
Registering as a Volunteer/Virtual Fundraiser now means you’ll gain immediate access to your online Closer to Free Ride dashboard and fundraising page. Registering now also means you can join the community and access the tools and resources we have ready for you to start fundraising from afar. We have plenty of ideas and ways you can still contribute and be part of the CTF community.
Registration fees are non-refundable, but we will be crediting your fundraising account with the difference between what you paid as your registration fee and the new reduced $25 registration fee . For example, if you paid a $100 registration fee for the 2020 event, $75 will be credited towards your fundraising total. If you paid an $80 registration fee for the 2020 event, $55 will be credited to your fundraising total. Credits will appear in your fundraising totals by June 30th.
We will not be enforcing fundraising minimums for the redesigned 2020 Closer to Free RIde. Any fundraising contract made from a registration prior to June 1 will be cancelled and no credit cards will be charged for fundraising balances.
Any funds already raised for the 2020 Closer to Free Ride will remain in your fundraising account and absolutely count towards your goal - thank you for starting early and continuing to fundraise!
Yes! Any 2020 teams created prior to our conversion to the redesigned 2020 Closer to Free Ride will remain in place and active!
No. Your participant Dashboard will remain active and even include some new bells and whistles ready for your use!
Your registration kit will include all of the essential information you need for your 2020 CTF Ride Experience all in one place. There will be instructions on how to customize and set up your fundraising page, and how to set up your CTF Ride App so you can track your miles. We’ll also include a 2020 Why I Ride bib, 10 Year CTF Bingo Card, and a few fun ways to connect with the CTF community over the next couple of months.
If you are registered as a Rider and meet your $500 suggested fundraising minimum ($250 for youth under 12) by August 25th, we will send you the 2020 CTF Jersey so that you can wear it on Ride Day! If you meet your suggested minimum after the August 25th date, your jersey will be sent out post-Ride day.
This is our 10th CTF Ride, and even in the time of the Coronavirus, we don’t want to lose sight of celebrating such an important milestone. So we’re challenging you, our amazing CTF Ride community, to collectively ride 100,000 miles before Ride Day. We will be tracking all of your mileage through our app, so be sure to log in before starting your ride. Every mile will help us reach our ambitious goal and show our strength as a community for our 10th year. Additional details on the app and this challenge are coming soon!
We want Ride Day to mirror our traditional CTF Ride Day as much as possible. So with that in mind, we’ll be hosting an online Opening Ceremony followed by Your Ride, which you can complete on the road, or on a spin bike from wherever you are. We’ll also have additional surprise Ride Day elements which will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned!
Absolutely! We encourage everyone to register for our redesigned event just as they would for the traditional ride. The more riders and virtual fundraisers and teams we have, the more we will achieve our goals of a world closer to free of cancer!
No. You and your team members can choose to participate in any distance or activity and still fundraise together as a team.
The Closer to Free Ride is produced by the Yale New Haven Hospital Office of Development and is the primary fundraising and awareness event for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. You can learn more about Smilow here.
The 2020 Closer to Free Ride will take place on September 12 and you can be a part of it from wherever you are this year. [PLEASE NOTE that there will not be any activity at the Yale Bowl and the public will be prohibited from gathering there.] You can register to Ride or Virtually Fundraise and we’ll have options to participate virtually, or on a bike (from a distance!). For more information on this year’s Ride, click here
Absolutely not. We have a variety of route options to choose from. Choose the distance that works for you. We’ll also have training guides available to help you reach your mileage goal. If you aren’t a cyclist or don’t want to Ride, you can sign up as a volunteer and we’ll find creative ways for you to support the CTF Ride community.
No, there is no fundraising minimum for the 2020 event. We have switched to a “suggested fundraising” model where we ask all to strive to meet our suggested minimum of $500 for adults and $250 for youth (the same as the traditional CTF Ride) to bring vital funding to Smilow. And of course, we encourage you to go above and beyond those suggested minimums, because - the more we raise the more we support the essential research and care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.
Yes. We have a fundraising guide that contains e-mail templates, fundraising ideas, and sample social media posts. For all of our tips on fundraising, click here
*All matching gift requests must be submitted to the employer prior to Ride Day September 12, 2020.