Broward House Presents “The SMART Ride Reimagined”
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Broward House Presents “The SMART Ride Reimagined”

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The 17th annual SMART Ride event this November will proceed as scheduled, only, reimagined

The SMART Ride (The Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride), November 20-22, 2020, has reimagined this year’s 17th annual event to meet the challenges of the current pandemic. While COVID-19 has changed the way we are able to get together, our cause and goal remains the same. In fact, the needs of those fighting AIDS/HIV in our community are even greater this year with the pandemic adding another obstacle. With a combination of virtual and physical challenges, SMART Ride 17 participants will continue to raise money for those affected and effected by AIDS/HIV throughout Florida.

The SMART Ride has historically been a two-day, 165 mile journey from Miami to Key West. In that spirit, riders this year will be challenged to ride 165 miles, wherever they may be, over the weekend of November 20th – 22nd. In addition, ANYONE can participate this year by committing to logging 165 miles, minutes, or any other measurable metric of a physical challenge that they choose over that weekend. To learn more or to register, visit www.TheSMARTRide.org.

In addition, virtual events will be held online the week of the event, including the traditional opening ceremonies, candlelight vigil, ride out, and closing ceremonies. The total amount of funds raised will be announced at the conclusion of the weekend on November 22, 2020.

This year’s benefitting agencies are AIDS Help (AH) (Monroe County), Broward House (Broward County), Compass Community Center (Palm Beach County), Metro Inclusive Health (Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties), Miracle of Love (Central Florida), and Pridelines (Miami/Dade County).

Broward House staff and team of Give A Shift pose before the 1st morning ride of 100 miles.
Broward House staff and team of Give A Shift pose before the 1st morning ride of 100 miles. Image Credit: Broward House

About The SMART Ride

For the past 16 years, SMART Ride has been a 165 mile bike journey from Miami to Key West to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. The SMART Ride is now the 2nd largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country, and the only one of its size to give back 100%. Our participants come from across the State of Florida, nationally as far as Hawaii to as close as our neighboring state of Georgia, not to mention internationally. We attract between 400-500 participants with each event, but we touch thousands more on the road as we travel between cities and towns, and with each donation that is made. Last year, close to 10,000 people donated to our efforts – that’s quite an impact! Riders and crew range in age from 18 to 73. To learn more or to register, visit www.TheSMARTRide.org.

About Broward House

Broward House has served Broward County for over thirty years; with the mission to improve the quality of life for individuals impacted with chronic health challenges, including HIV, by providing pathways to wellness. We welcome people of all backgrounds, genders, races, and sexual orientations. We serve individuals with or without insurance or income. Our objective: to support the health and stability of each individual who walks through our door with a plan unique to their goals, including housing, medical care, HIV testing, mental health and other support services. For additional information visit www.BrowardHouse.org.

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