STAP Executive Director John Barry presides over the Ride's opening ceremonies. Photo by STAP.

The following is a republished press release from the Southern Tier AIDS Program and is NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements directly to The Ithaca Voice, email tips@ithacavoice.com.

Ithaca, NY – Challenge yourself and take the Ride. The AIDS Ride for Life is a fully supported 102, 90, 42, 25, or 14 mile bike ride beginning at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY. In many communities, indoor cyclists are also joining. The Annual AIDS Ride for Life is the Southern Tier AIDS Program’s largest fundraiser.

The opioid crisis in our community has increased the demand for our Opioid Overdose Prevention Program. Our Center is serving a record number of clients. Last year over 300 lives were saved with the Narcan kits distributed by our Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) staff.

When you sign up on line at http://aidsrideforlife.org/ your funds will help to fill gaps in needed prevention and reduction of opioid programs. More of an indoor cyclist? Indoor cycling options are available on the site, though some cyclists, however, prefer their rides a bit more scenic, remote and arduous. Just grab the bike, climb aboard and pedal away

Friday, September 8th from 4pm to 7pm is Packet Pick Up, and the 2nd Annual Fitness & Nutrition Expo. During this time you can enjoy the Powered by Pasta Nosh — all events are open to the public. Saturday, September 9th is The AIDS Ride for Life, beginning at 6:00am through 9pm, at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

With nine pit stop locations located around Cayuga Lake, bike nutrition and hydration is there to fuel you through the day. Support is not only nutritional – rest stop locations have music, cheering fans, and fun themes to cheer you on – as well as sag support and medical staff that can help with your needs. Take the challenge for a good cause. Sign up or learn about what you can do as a volunteer at http://aidsrideforlife.org/

Featured image: File photo provided by STAP.