From Cheesecake to Cheesesteak: New York City-to-Philadelphia Greenway Ride to Debut in May
2-day recreational ride features iconic cities with beautiful Garden State greenway in between
DURHAM, N.C. – The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance aims to host hundreds of riders from the East Coast and beyond for the inaugural New York City-to-Philadelphia Greenway Ride, set for May 16-17. Registration is now open for the 130-mile, 2-day recreational ride at greenway.org/nyctophilly.
After departing Manhattan on Saturday, May 16, cyclists will overnight in Princeton, New Jersey, and head out the next day for an end-of-ride celebration in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 17.
“Since we shared initial plans for the New York City-to-Philadelphia Greenway Ride, we’ve been blown away by the level of interest in this event. Ride participants will have the unique opportunity to experience two iconic U.S. cities, as well as some of the most-utilized stretches of the East Coast Greenway,” says East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano.
Highlighted segments along the 130-mile route include:
New York: Hudson River Greenway
New Jersey: Union County and Middlesex County Park Paths
New Jersey: Middlesex Greenway
New Jersey: D&R Trail (Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath)
Pennsylvania: D&L Trail (Delaware Canal Towpath)
Pennsylvania: Delaware River Trail
Pennsylvania: Schuylkill River Trail
The registration fee for the New York City-to-Philadelphia Ride is $125 for standard registration and $225 for premium registration.
Included in the registration fee are an exclusive event T-shirt, all rest stop snacks, lunch on May 16, access to an overnight campsite in Princeton and opening and closing ceremony festivities. Premium event registrants will receive hotel accommodations in Princeton, as well as a spot on a post-ride shuttle from Philadelphia back to New York City.
Following registration, each rider will make a commitment to raise $500 (standard) or $1,000 (premium) in support of the East Coast Greenway Alliance prior to the May 2020 ride. The Alliance staff will offer tools and tips for successful fundraising for each rider following registration.
Proceeds from the ride will benefit the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance, which is developing a 3,000-mile multi-use trail from Maine to Florida. In particular, fundraising for this event will help accelerate the development of the route in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Roughly 1,000 miles of the Maine to Florida route is on protected greenways, and the organization is working daily to move the entire route off-road as close to 2030 as possible.
“We hope to make this ride an annual celebration of the East Coast Greenway, while building awareness of our route, celebrating the progress in the region, highlighting the importance of protected trails, and raising resources needed to complete the Greenway. Events like this help us achieve our vision of a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future for all,” says Markatos-Soriano.
New York City-to-Philadelphia Greenway Ride
When: May 16-17, 8 a.m. ride start
Where: New York City to Philadelphia via the East Coast Greenway with an overnight stop in Princeton, New Jersey
Length: 130 miles over 2 days
Why: Enjoy a memorable cycling experience while supporting further development of the East Coast Greenway between New York City and Philadelphia
Standard: $125 registration fee, $500 fundraising commitment
Premium: $225 registration fee, $1,000 fundraising commitment
About East Coast Greenway Alliance
Based in Durham, North Carolina, the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance leads the development of a walking and biking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. The East Coast Greenway is designed to transform the 15 states and 450 communities it connects through active and healthy lifestyles, sustainable transportation, community engagement, climate resilience, active tourism, and more.
Learn more: greenway.org.