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National Brain Tumor Ride

The national brain tumor community came together for a bike ride on May 21, 2023 to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of patients with brain tumors and their families.

Your community is here. Let us discover a cure, together.

Save the Date! The 2024 National Brain Tumor Ride will take place on May 19, 2024.

Event Information

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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.


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

Registration Options

  • NBTS Official In-Person Ride in Waltham, MA: 10, 25, 40 or 62 mile ride throughout 10 picturesque New England communities. 
    • Day of Event Rider – $100 registration fee | $250 fundraising minimum
    • Children under the age of 11 and under are free, must ride with parental guardian
  • Community Ride in Denver, CO: 10, 20, 30 or 62 mile rides through Denver.
    • Day of Event Virtual Rider – $50 registration fee
  • Virtual Ride: participate your own way in your own community or on your Peloton or Zwift
    • Day of Event Virtual Rider – $50 registration fee

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Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 Lisa’s Riders $81,163.06
2 Team Mawn $33,054.09
3 Team Coffman $21,676.73
4 B.J.s Team $15,809.10
5 Team Starr $15,201.33
6 Team Double-O-Snow $13,016.98
7 Allie’s Team $11,647.28
8 Team Erin $10,267.75
9 Team Jeff $9,750.87
10 Bike for Ike $9,413.27
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Lisa Shapiro $29,944.17
2 Billy Coffman $20,894.23
3 Walter Kuhn $13,837.00
4 Alan Snow $12,363.98
5 Melissa Ludtke $10,423.76
6 Dan Kelly $9,109.25
7 Michael Corkin $8,924.00
8 Carrie Ryter $8,666.43
9 Richard Mines $8,572.87
10 Sandy Starr $7,858.00

Register and start fundraising early to qualify for some great prizes! Achieve one of the milestones listed below and your prize will be mailed directly to your home following this year’s event.

New in 2023! Anyone who raises $250 by event day will earn a NBTS drawstring back that you will be able to pick up with your event t-shirt at packet pick up or event day!

You have until one month following the event to achieve your fundraising milestone. The fundraising deadline to qualify for the remaining fundraising prizes is June 21. (Prizes are not cumulative. You will be given the option of what incentive you would like based on your fundraising total as of the deadline provided and prizes will be shipped to you directly.)

Anyone who registers and raises $250 by April 1st will receive a 2023 National Brain Tumor Ride cycling jersey in addition to the below fundraising prizes!

Individual Fundraising Prizes:

  • Raise $250 on your personal fundraising page by event day to earn a NBTS drawstring bag
  • Raise $750 – $1,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS long-sleeve moisture-wicking performance tee
  • Raise $1,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS quarter zip sweatshirt
  • Raise $5,000-$9,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS fleece zip up
  • Raise $10,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS duffel bag

Team Fundraising Prizes

  • Raise $1,000 as a team by Friday, April 14th at 9am and receive a Mission Mile Sign with your loved ones name and photo.

Peloton Rides

Use #NBTSRide as your hashtag to find fellow community riders on Peloton. Please note you do not need a Peloton bike to join, you can download the Peloton app and use whatever stationary bike you have.

Zwift Rides

Occasional Zwift rides will be led by our NBTS Ride Committee. To lead a Zwift ride, please contact Rachel at Be sure to join the conversation on Discord as we ride:

  • Zwift is the most popular virtual cycling and running app in the world. Take a look.

Volunteers are essential to the National Brain Tumor Ride! Thank you for your dedication to our shared mission. Register for the event as a volunteer. Once registered, you will receive an email to confirm your volunteer shift.

Volunteer Roles:


Packet Pick up: 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, May 20
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.


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.

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.

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact or 617.863.8345.

All NBTS events are rain or shine and will not have a cancellation date due to inclement weather. Events will only be canceled if weather conditions are unsafe for participants to attend (i.e. lightning, dangerous winds).

Checks should be made payable to: National Brain Tumor Society. Send donations to: National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 006, Newton, MA 02458. Download a printable donation form to include with your donation. The memo line of the check should include the name of the individual or team that you want credited for the donation.

Many employers offer to match gifts made by their philanthropic employees. Whether you donate to National Brain Tumor Society through direct mail, research donations or event donations – check with your Human Resources Department to see whether your company participates.
If your company is eligible, follow these easy steps to watch your impact double:

  1. Request a matching gift form from your employer
  2. Send the completed and signed form to:
    National Brain Tumor Society
    Attn: NBTS Giving
    55 Chapel Street Suite 006
    Newton, MA 02458
    Checks should be payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. Include event name or event participant in the memo line.

    National Brain Tumor Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 04-3068130.

We have partnered with UrbanAdventours to provide the opportunity to rent a bike for event day. Here is a link to the charity ride inquiry form, where people can inquire about rental availability and more.

We are offering a 10% off discount for charity ride renters this year. The code upon checkout is urbangivesback2023.

You can register all members of your household, including other adults, all at once. When you get to the last stage of the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to register other members of your household. Select “yes,” and the registration process will continue without requiring additional email addresses. Family registration must be done at the time of initial registration.

Yes, anyone who intends to walk/run or ride needs to be registered for the event. You can register all members of your household, including other adults, all at once. When you get to the last stage of the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to register other members of your household. Select “yes,” and the registration process will continue without requiring additional email addresses. Family registration must be done at the time of initial registration.

Yes, virtual participation is available for all NBTS events. Choose “Virtual Participation” during registration and you can participate from afar.

Yes, contactless registration will be available online as a “Day Of” participant using the event website or the QR code scannable at the Packet-Pickup/Registration tent onsite. No cash or check payments will be accepted for on-site registration. Event t-shirts are not guaranteed for “Day Of” registrations.

Volunteering at an NBTS event is FREE and a vital part of our events. Choose Volunteer as your participant type and you will be contacted after you register to choose your volunteer duty.

If you wish to walk/run and volunteer pre or post event, register as a walker or runner and contact your Regional Director to let them know you also would like to volunteer!

Event t-shirts will be available for pickup at any available early packet pickup events the week of the event or on event day. Registrants who sign up in the last 30 days prior to the event are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

No ID is necessary to pick up your event shirts and race bibs.

You will have until 30 days post event to fundraise to earn an incentive. You will be contacted by your Regional Director via email to confirm your item and shipping information. All items will be mailed to homes in the few months following your event. Please see the incentives section on the event website for the full list of prizes available.

Yes, as an event sponsor or company team, your company will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable a meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Contact for more information.

Yes, if you log in to your Participant Center, you can click the “Fundraise on Facebook” button. This will link your fundraising for your event to your Facebook page, allowing you to solicit donations directly on Facebook. You do not want to launch a Facebook fundraiser directly on Facebook, as it will not be linked back to your event participation. Contact your Regional Director if you need assistance.

Yes! You can download the Brain Tumor Events mobile app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. From the app you can update your personal fundraising page, solicit donations from friends and family and track your fundraising progress right from your phone!

We will have water and light refreshments available for event participants. Please feel free to bring your own if you have certain dietary restrictions.

Funds raised benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. NBTS unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites the brain tumor community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and caregivers. Information on how your fundraiser dollars makes an impact can be found here:

As NBTS continues the return to in-person events around the country, we want you to know that the safety and well being of our staff and volunteers is our top priority. We encourage those in attendance to educate themselves of the health risks associated with attending mass gatherings and know that we will be offering virtual opportunities for engagement for those members of our community who opt out of attending. Masks will remain optional at this time, but are encouraged for the immunocompromised or “at-risk” members of our community. If you have been recently exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting any symptoms, we do ask that you refrain from attending. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in person in 2023!

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

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