August 19-20, 2016
2015 "10th Annual" Last Mile Ride
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.
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.