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National Brain Tumor Ride

As we celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the National Brain Tumor Ride in 2024, it’s the right time to put this event front-and-center to anchor one of our most popular programs.  National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is excited to announce that this spring, we are launching the new National Brain Tumor Ride as our signature Gray Nation Endurance® event. We hope you will join us on May 19, 2024, for the first year of this reimagined ride, the keystone event of NBTS’s official endurance program.  Your community is here. Let’s discover a cure, together.

Join us:

In-person participation options include an event t-shirt if you register prior to April 19, 2024. Event t-shirts are not guaranteed to late registrants. Registration fees will increase 30 days prior to event day and again on event week.

NBTS Official In-Person Ride in Waltham, MA: 10, 25, 40 or 62 mile ride throughout 10 picturesque New England communities.

  • Adult Rider: $30 – $300 Fundraising Minimum  
  • Youth Rider: $30 – No Fundraising Minimum
  • Child Rider: $5
    • Children under the age of 11 must ride with parental guardian or participate in the tot ride.

Virtual Rider: Participate your own way! Plan a ride in your own community, use your Peloton or participate however you feel most comfortable. 

  • FREE registration for those who are unable to attend the event in person. Event t-shirts will be mailed to all virtual participants who raise $75 or more by April 19, 2024. T-shirts will arrive to you by event day. Virtual participants who register after April 19, 2024, will not qualify for an event t-shirt.

Volunteer: Volunteers are essential to the National Brain Tumor Ride! Registration is free for event volunteers. Once registered, you will receive an email to confirm your volunteer shift.


Packet Pick up: 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, May 18
Help set up registration, check people in and hand out their participant packets.

Event Day:

Set up Crew: 5:30 am – 8 am
Help to set up for the event includes hanging signage, organizing registration and setting up other aspects of the event.

Registration: 6 am-9 am
Set up registration tent and check in all participants. You will also be asked to collect donations from participants and hand out participant packets. There will be a training that will take place in the morning before the first participants arrive.

Tent Crew – Food: 6 am – noon
Assist in setup up the food area on site. Monitor and distribute food to participants and pack remaining supplies after the event. 

Tent Crew – Honor & Celebrate: 6:30 am – noon
Assist participants in honoring and celebrating who they are riding for. 

Tent Crew: Kids 7 am – noon
Set up kids area and assist kids with activities including coloring and our tot ride.

Parking Attendants: 6 am – 1 pm
Direct all vehicles to the drop off area in order to unload passengers and bikes. Must be on your feet for long periods of time.

Breakdown Crew: Onsite 10 am – 1 pm
Help clean up all onsite supplies and load them into the truck for next year! Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.

Event Day – OFFSITE

SAG: 6 am – 1 pm
SAG members provide support for the riders along the routes and are vital to the safety and success of this event. Drivers will use their own vehicles, which would be a van, pick-up, SUV or car with a bike rack and will also need to be able to carry an additional passenger. Drivers must have a valid Drivers License, be over 18 years old and must be able to follow maps and be comfortable stopping safely along the roadside. Support vehicles may transport riders and their bicycles to a rest stop or event site.

Route Marshall: 8 am – 1 pm
Direct riders from start to finish safely around the course and back. Route Marshalls will assist with specific road crossings along the course.

Road Crew: 6 am – 1 pm
Road Crew members must have experience with basic bicycle mechanics, tube replacements, wheel swaps, simple gear and brake adjustments and must be helpful and patient. Will be partnered with a SAG member.

Rest Stop Volunteers: 7:30 – 11:30 am
Join us at one of our three rest stops (Concord Courthouse, Middlesex School and Great Brook Farm State Park) to supply water, snacks and encouragement to the riders as they pass through. When you arrive you will assist in setting up the tent and food area and keep it well stocked throughout the event. At the end of the event, you will organize and pack supplies for pick up.

Plan your day:

Event Schedule

7:00 am – Registration Opens
8:00 am – Opening Ceremony
8:30 am – 62 mile route departs
8:40 am – 40 mile route departs
8:50 am – 25 mile route departs
9:00 am – 10 mile route departs
10:30 am – Tot Ride

Virtual Riders: Reach out to Rachel Backner to discuss ideas on how to plan a ride in your own community.

Ride Course Maps

Ride with GPS
Learn how to get started with the app:

  1. Click on this link to access our route maps. If you are new to the site, please sign up and create an account. The event will automatically sync to your account on both mobile and desktop.
  2. Next, download the “Ride with GPS” app either on the Apple Store or Google Play.
  3. Log in to the app and click on events where you will see the National Brain Tumor Ride listed. Once you click on the event, it will bring you to the four routes with maps.
  4. For more information on how to access the maps via web and connect your Garmin or Wahoo devices, please visit the “Ride with GPS” participant support page.

Questions? Email us at

As a brain tumor survivor, 2-time Gray Nation Endurance Boston Marathon finisher and captain of Team Double-O-Snow for the NBTS Ride, it meant the world to put meaning behind my miles for NBTS.

Alan S.
gray nation endurance

Fundraising Resources & Help Desk:

National Brain Tumor Society wants to make sure you are successful in your fundraising efforts. Equip yourself with these curated fundraising resources to maximize your impact.

Team and Individual Fundraising Incentives

Individual Fundraising Prizes:

Anyone who registers and raises $300 by April 1st will receive a 2024 National Brain Tumor Ride cycling jersey in addition to other individual fundraising prizes (coming soon!).

Team Fundraising Prize:

All teams who raise $2500 or more by May 1, will earn a team sign!

Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 SB Strong $3,691.95
2 Team Kermit $290.00
3 Team Bentley $100.00
4 Team Erin $30.00
5 Denver Brain Tumor Ride $30.00
6 Renzo's Armada $30.00
7 The Bananahead Gang $10.00
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Blair Mauger $3,691.95
2 Steven Branfman $130.00
3 Ellen Branfman $130.00
4 Jessica Giunta $100.00
5 Emily Leahy $80.00
6 Renzo Martinez $30.00
7 Dan Kelly $30.00
8 Joel Loitherstein $30.00
9 Aj Colaizzi $30.00
10 Seth Braddock $25.00

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Event Sponsorship

As an event sponsor, your organization will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Sponsorship will allow your organization to make a difference in the lives of millions.

For more information, please contact: or 617.863.8345.

Email us

For more information about the National Brain Tumor Ride, please contact your Regional Director, Rachel Backner at

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