200 cyclists stopping in Medina on Saturday
MEDINA – More than 200 bicyclists will stop in Medina on Saturday during their last leg of the 2019 Empire State Cyclists.
This is the fifth year for the ride from New York City to Niagara Falls to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Medina Tourism Committee chairman Jim Hancock is urging Medina residents to come to State Street Park between 10 a.m. and noon and extend a warm Medina welcome to the cyclists, who will be having lunch in the park. Tourism volunteers will help set up areas for the cyclists to eat.
Every year, participation in the ride grows, said Sue Moessinger of Cumberland, Md., a staff member and rider. She said riders average 70 miles per day. The ride started July 28 in New York City and will conclude on Saturday in Niagara Falls, where they have a police escort into the city, followed by a big celebration there.
Another staff member, Jessica Stankiewicz of Niagara Falls, said riders participating not only come from other states, but Hawaii and Canada.
Each rider must secure donations of at least $3,500 for Roswell in order to participate.
Stankiewicz said they always look forward to their stop in Medina because of the great park and quaint Medina area.