Year 17: 2012

  • 7,084 riders raise $3.8 million
  • Top fundraiser: John Conciardo – $32,100
  • Top youth fundraiser: Brendan Cunningham – $3,935
  • Top team: Team West Herr
  • The 2012 Extra Mile Club has 790 members
  • New & Notable: The Ride becomes a two-day event with the addition of a Friday night Opening Ceremony at UB. The evening features a procession of Roswell departments followed by the entrance into the stadium of The Extra Mile Club Peloton. Former Buffalo Bills player Chris Spielman is the inspirational speaker, and rock star Rick Springfield entertains.
 
The first Friday Night Opening Ceremony in 2012 included the dramatic entrance of the Peloton into the UB football stadium.

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Year 16: 2011

  • 7,294 riders raise $3.2 million
  • Top fundraiser: Angelo Veanes – $27,296
  • Top youth fundraiser: Sean McNamara – $5,159
  • Top team: Team Roswell
  • Volunteer award: Ron Brodowski
  • The 2011 Extra Mile Club has 689 members
  • New and Notable: The Ride breaks the $3 million mark. New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council grants $5.1 million for the Roswell Park Genome Project, an important step toward personalized medicine.
Extra Mile Club members had fun with their photo portraits at Baird Point in 2011.

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Year 15: 2010

  • 7,096 riders raise $2.8 million
  • Top fundraiser: Gordon Gross – $53,854
  • Top youth fundraiser: Alexander Grano – $3,265
  • Top team: Team Roswell
  • New & Notable: The Ride celebrates its 15th anniversary, marking the milestone with an Extra Mile Club jersey that features a mosaic image of the Roswell Park hospital and Kaminski Park made up of more than 5,000 photos from across Ride For Roswell history.
  • The 2010 Extra Mile Club had 548 members.
 
The Ride’s 15th anniversary jersey featured pictures of riders and volunteers since 1996.

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Year 13: 2008

  • 5,562 riders raise $2 million
  • Top fundraiser: Gordon Gross – $24,321
  • Top youth: Alexander Grano – $10,336
  • Top team: Praxair
  • The 2008 Extra Mile Club has 389 members
  • New & Notable: The Ride breaks the $2 million mark. The first ever Extra Mile Club Peloton leaves Roswell Park in light rain and rides 12.6 miles to UB in a police-escorted 2 x 2 procession. The 30-mile River Route makes its debut.
 
180 Extra Mile Club members rode in the rain in the first Peloton in 2008.

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Year 12: 2007

  • 4,957 riders raise $1.7 million
  • Top fundraiser: Gordon Gross – $28,395
  • Top youth fundraiser: Alexander Grano – $6,816
  • Top team: UB Spirit
  • The 2007 Extra Mile Club has 311 members
  • New & Notable: The Ride features four routes ranging from 9 to 62.5 miles. Donald L. (“Skip”) Trump, MD becomes the 14th President and Chief Executive Officer of Roswell Park.
 
Gordon Gross (left) was The Ride’s top fundraiser from 2006 – 2010. With him are then-CEO Skip Trump; future CEO Candace Johnson; and emcee Adam Benigni from WGRZ-TV.

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Year 11: 2006

  • 3,715 riders raise $1.26 million
  • Top fundraiser: Gordon Gross – $17,690
  • Top youth fundraiser: Alexander Grano – $5,236
  • Top team: UB Spirit
  • The 2006 Extra Mile Club has 192 members.
  • New & Notable: The Ride breaks the $1 million mark in this, its 11th year. The 20-mile River Ride makes its debut. Roswell Park’s WJK Park and Gardens is renamed Kaminski Park and Gardens after the late Waldemar Kaminski, a self-made millionaire whose donations underwrote its development in 2000.
 
Founder Mitch Flynn announcing that the 2006 Ride had broken the $1 million mark.

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Year 10: 2005

  • 2,913 riders raise $913,706
  • Top fundraiser: Angelo Veanes – $16,525
  • Top youth fundraiser: Alexander Grano – $4,125
  • Top team: Ferguson Electric Red Riders
  • Volunteer award: Justine Jopp
  • The 2005 Extra Mile Club has 136 members
  • New & Notable: The Ride celebrates its 10th anniversary with an appearance by NHL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Sabres captain Pat LaFontaine, who rides the 62.5-mile route.
 
Pat LaFontaine spoke at The Ride and rode the metric century in 2005.

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Year 9: 2004

  • 2,058 riders raise $540,310
  • Top fundraiser: Peter O’Keefe – $11,743
  • Top youth fundraiser: Caitlyn Littlewood – $6,419
  • Top team: O’Keefe Shaw & Co, Inc.
  • The 2004 Extra Mile Club has 71 members
  • New & Notable: Ride fundraising increases 57% over the previous year. Extra Mile Club members attend a first-ever recognition event at Chef’s Restaurant.
 
Team Rudolph turned loss into laughs by riding red-nosed in 2004.

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August Team Challenges

We’ve heard before that the Ride for Roswell is more than just a bike ride. It’s about being surrounded by thousands of people that all share in the same passion as you: ending cancer. The people that surround you, the traditions, the tents — all of it rolls together to make a memorable Ride Day.

Well, we all know things have to be a bit different this year, but we know that if any group of people can use their passion to rally together from a distance, it’s our riders, our volunteers and our teams!

Speaking of teams, how have we re-imagined the traditional team contests, you ask? Well, all your favorite team contests – tents and t-shirts – will be back, just with a twist.  We’re even adding a team photo contest! We will be sending all team captains a packet with templates for each contest (you can also download them below). Share the templates with your team and submit the final products by August 16. We’ll post all the submissions on August 17 for voting, with likes and comments counting as votes. We will announce the winners on August 21 and bragging rights will forever be claimed by the winning teams!