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The Great Bicycle Tour 37

July 13 - July 16 2024
Boonsboro, MD
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Distances: 184.5 miles
Limited to: 300 or less Participants

San Mar's annual Great Bicycle Tour is a fully supported four-day ride on the C&O Canal. Join us as we begin in Cumberland, MD and ride to Mile Marker 0 in Washington, DC. 184.5 miles of no hills, no headwinds and no cars. Plenty of food, lots of support, ride at your own pace, well organized. This is the 37th annual benefit ride for San Mar Family and Community Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that maintains national accreditation and has provided services  to children, families, and the community every day since November 8, 1883! Learn more about our important work online at

The Ride Includes:

Transportation by charter bus from Boonsboro, MD to the start of the C&O Canal.
All meals and snacks.
Free parking for your vehicle throughout the event.
Rest stops every ten to fifteen miles.
Camp fees paid for the first two nights or transportation to nearby hotels.
Hotel on the third night.
Transport of all gear throughout the event.
T-shirt and a TGBT keepsake
Return to your vehicle by charter bus from Georgetown at end of the event.
A lifetime memory.

The registration fee will increase as time goes on, so register now! One you have registered, you will receive a handbook for the event and a custom fundraising page through our RunSignUp site. From there, you may begin fundraising as you see fit. You will need to raise at least $525 to join us on the ride, with these funds covering your transport, your meals, your snacks, your campsite, and other key event expenses.

We encourage you to try to raise more, and we are happy to reward you for doing so! Beyond awarding you prizes depending on your fundraising level (everything from cycling accessories to $1000 towards a new Trek bicycle!), we also celebrate anyone who is able to fund-raise over $3000 for the event! Achieving this fundraising level puts you at "Golden Retriever" status, where we will provide you with daily professional massages from sports massage therapists, free hotel accommodations, and the best all around "VIP Treatment" that we can provide.  It's the least we can do, as your fundraising efforts are going directly towards treatment-level foster care, outpatient mental health services, and direct community resources and support.

Registration Prices:

Early Bird Registration: $20.00 until December 1st, 2023

Standard Registration: $40.00 from January 1st to May 31st, 2024

"Last Call" Registration: $60.00 until the event day, or until we are "sold out!"

The Great Bicycle Tour 37

Start Located At: 8504 Mapleville Rd, Boonsboro, MD
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July 13th: Cumberland, Iron Mountain, and Paw Paw Tunnel

July 14th: Little Tonoloway, McCoy's Ferry, and Cushwa Basin

July 15th: McMahon's Mill, Packhorse Ford, and Monocacy Aqueduct

July 16th: White's Ferry, Great Falls, MD, Georgetown.

Registration Fees

Registration Fee: $40

Fundraising Minimum: $525


Camping fees paid or a discounted rate at a local hotel for two nights, hotel paid for on the third night. Free parking, all meals provided, transportation for you and your gear, a supportive staff. 

Prize / Race Categories

This popular charity bike tour of the historic C&O Canal is an annual fundraising event for San Mar Family and Community Services. Registered riders raise donations of at least $525. Riders who surpass the minimum donations can earn quality bicycle gear/accessories from Trek Bicycles at the following levels:

*These, or similarly valued prizes, are distributed following the ride*

$750: Bontrager Air Support HV MTB Pump– Valued at $38

$1000: Kryptonite KryptoLok 990 Combo Chain lock – Valued at $82

$1250: Professional bike tune-up – at Wheel Base Bicycles – Valued at $100

$1500: Bontrager Elite Cycling Computer with DuoTrap S– Valued at $136

$2000: Bontrager Commuter Trunk Bag and Bontrager Air Support HV MTB Pump– Valued at $138

$3000 – $500 towards a new Trek Bicycle (or Trek products of equal value)

$6000 – $1000 toward a new Trek Bicycle (or Trek products of equal value)


Changing Rooms
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
Roving Mechanical Support
Personalised Bib (Name and QR Code)
Post Ride Shower
Pre Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Jul 13 2024 - EVENT: The Great Bicycle Tour 37