Registration opened for event to raise money for area cancer patients

What began in 2003 with just a dozen riders is now an annual event that has seen hundreds of cyclists and now runners and walkers raise funds to support programs benefiting Miami Valley cancer patients.

Registration is now open for the Clemens Cancer Challenge, a bike ride and a 5k run/walk benefit for cancer patients at Miami Valley Hospital.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the memory of those who have fought and continue the fight against cancer, which included Nancy and Richard Clemens, whom the Challenge is named after.

The event is set to kick off at the Comprehensive Cancer center at Miami Valley Hospital South located at the intersection of Wilmington Pike and Cyclo Road on June 10.

Check-in's for the event will begin at 7 a.m. with the bike ride portion getting underway at 8 a.m. and the 5krun/walk at 8:15 a.m.

Cyclists will be able to choose from different ride distances ranging from 10- to 62-mile routes. Officials are recommending that only experienced long-duration riders attempt the 30-plus mile routes.

The registration fee for the cycling is $35 prior to the event and $40 on the day of the ride. For the 5K, preregistration is $20 and $25 the day of.

All participants in both events will receive free refreshments, lunch and a t-shirt. If you would like to sign up or learn more about either event visit