August 19-20, 2016
2015 "10th Annual" Last Mile Ride Recap
More than 385 Last Mile Ride participants joined together to raise $104,000 to support Gifford Medical Center’s end-of-life services on August 14 and 15, 2015, exceeding the 10th Anniversary Ride’s ambitious goal of raising $100,000. Over the years LMR participants have raised more than $400,000 to help support patients in “life’s last mile.”
Read more about our 10th annual event here
Started in 2006 with just 74 motorcyclists, the Last Mile Ride has grown into two days of fundraising activities that include a timed 5K, two different walking routes, and a motorcycle ride. Last Mile Ride funds bring patients alternative therapies like Reiki, massage, and music therapy to help with pain management. They also provide unique services to support family members: providing meals for those spending last moments with loved ones in the hospital’s two Garden Room suites, helping with transportation costs for far-away family, or arranging for photographs or a patient’s special last wish.
WHAT IS THE LAST MILE RIDE?
Timed 5K and two different walks
At 6 p.m. on Friday evening, runners will gather for a timed 5K run. Walkers can choose between two routes - a 1-mile and a 2.5 mile route.
On Saturday morning, motorcyclists will depart on a well-organized ride that includes road guards, a sheriff escort, and police support along the way. The route typically runs around 80 miles. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and bikers will leave at 10 a.m. There will be a mid-way break point, and participants will return to Gifford for an early afternoon barbecue lunch, prizes and massages.
(cancelled for 2016)
Last year many LMR bicyclists reported that Route 12 construction work brought stress and challenge to their ride. This year there will be road work on Route 12-A. Because we’ve been unable to find an alternate route that is safe and still meets our timing and logistical needs, we have decided not to include a bicycling event this year.
We hope cyclists will consider joining us in another way this year—as a runner, walker, motorcycle rider, supporting other participants, or even by recruiting neighbors and friends to cheer participants on as they pass through your town. The enthusiastic spirit, dedication, and generous support cyclists have brought has been a wonderful addition to our event over the years, and everyone will miss having them at the starting line on Saturday morning!
4 WAYS TO REGISTER
1. Online (coming in July)
Register and fundraise online.
2. Download & Mail (forms in column at right)
You can mail your form to us for pre-registration and turn your money in the day of the event.
3. Download & Drop Off
Stop by our office at Gifford's main campus and pre-register in person.
4. Sign-up at the event
Sign-up and pay your participation fee when you arrive the day of. 5K runners... if you want to be timed you must register by 5:00 PM on Friday evening.
Thanks to the generosity of Wilkins Harley-Davidson in South Barre, we are raffling off a 2016 883 Sportster (retail value approximately $8,500). The winner can pick from an in-stock Iron or Low at Wilkins, trade the bike toward the motorcycle of their dreams or take $5,000 cash.
The winner of the motorcycle is responsible for tax, title, registration, and pick-up.
Tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold.
Once again, a pair of Gifford nurses have created an amazing quilt that will be raffled off after the ride on Saturday. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Call today to get your ticket: (802) 728-2826