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Medina welcomes nearly 200 cyclists on ride from NYC to Niagara Falls

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 3 August 2019 at 8:22 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf

MEDINA – A group of bikers on the Empire State Ride posed by the Erie Canal at State Street Park this morning during the last leg of their more than 500-mile ride from New York City to Niagara Falls.

Jim Hancock, left, chair of the Medina Tourism Committee, talks with biker Claudia Gray of Buffalo, one of 178 riders on the Empire State Ride who enjoyed lunch and refreshments in State Street Park this morning. The bikers planned to complete their more than 500-mile journey early this evening in Niagara Falls, where there will be a parade and festivities to celebrate their achievement.

Steve Mars of Long Island and Maria Thor of Springbrook took time for a picture in State Street Park before embarking on the last leg of their ride from New York City to Niagara Falls. Thor is the top money raiser of the nearly 200 riders, with pledges of more than $22,000. The ride raised more than $1 million for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.

Bill Sheff of Lancaster, right, waits for a new tire to be put on his bike, after getting a flat as he rode into State Street Park. Jan Bent, left, and Ken Nawrocki of Rochester were the mechanics who accompanied the nearly 200 riders from New York City to Niagara Falls on the ride to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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