It’s that time of the year again: the 12th annual Harbor to the Bay (H2B) charity bike ride is almost upon us! In support and encouragement of our riders and crew, here are 12 reasons why H2B is a fantastic event.

1.) 100% of proceeds go to charity. In non-mathematical terms, that’s all of it.

2.) H2B has raised nearly $3.5 million since its launch in 2003. That money has helped support four local HIV/AIDS organizations: the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, the Community Research Initiative, the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and, of course, Fenway Health.

3.) H2B riders cover some serious distance. Participants can opt for a 68 mile or a 126 mile bike ride between Boston to Provincetown. Your morning commute doesn’t seem so tough in comparison.

4.) Each H2B rider is committed to raising a minimum of $1,000, so every person has an important part to play.

5.) Team Fenway is the top fundraising team in H2B history – you can make a donation here – and Team YLC is holding it down at number three. Not too shabby!

6.) H2B has some amazing local sponsors. For example, Club Café provides administrative and financial management all year long, and hosts the H2B Board and Committee meetings and fundraising events. Bayside Betsy’s in Provincetown has a hot meal waiting for each rider and crew member (they’ve certainly earned it!) and is the host of the celebration brunch the day after H2B.

7.) The accommodations can’t be beat. The Harbor Hotel is the final pit stop for riders and offers participants discounted room rates, as well as free use of the parking lots. The Boatslip Resort gives their space to H2B riders and crew members to dine, unwind, and celebrate another successful ride.

8.) The Tye family. Michael Tye, who died in 2003 at the age of 49, created, organized, and named H2B. Since then, the Tye family has been instrumental in ensuring that H2B has the money and resources needed to continue his legacy.

9.) It promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Many riders started biking for the first time because of H2B and have since fallen in love with the two-wheeled life.

10.) For H2B participants, age ain’t nothing but a number. In fact, our eldest rider is 71-years-young!

11.) In the market for some post-ride romance? H2B can keep your heart pounding long after the wheels stop turning with the Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction, hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Riders and crew members will be auctioned off for dates, with all proceeds benefiting H2B.

12.) Last but not least, the finish line. What’s better than finishing a 126 mile journey? How about finishing it with this view to greet you?

See you in Ptown!

See you in Ptown!

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