Velocity: Columbia's Ride to End Cancer


On October 7, Columbia will host a new outdoor cycling event to raise funds for research at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Velocity: Columbia’s Ride to End Cancer is a 62.5-mile route that starts north of New York City at Bear Mountain, runs along the Hudson River, and crosses the George Washington Bridge to finish at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in the heart of Washington Heights. Riders can start at the beginning or enter at other points (45 miles, 25 miles, or 10 miles) on the route. The design symbolizes the message of Velocity—that when we come together, we gain momentum and make things happen. Velocity is hope accelerated, and together, as we celebrate the College of Physicians and Surgeons’ 250th anniversary year, we can solve cancer.

Velocity is open to the public and CUMC faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate. Registered riders commit to a fundraising minimum based on their preferred distance (these donations are tax deductible) and receive online training and fundraising support tools. There are also opportunities to participate virtually, volunteer on ride day, or celebrate with cyclists at the Finish Line Festival at the Fort Washington Armory on the CUMC campus, where there will be live music, food, and drinks.

Velocity is fully supported by road crew and volunteers on the route, rest areas at each of the start points, and SAG (support and gear) vans if cyclists need transportation. There will be shuttle vans to start areas, gear-check options, and a monitored area to park bikes while participants celebrate at the finish line.

For more information and to register, volunteer, or join the finish line celebrations, visit