The Ride event in Madison canceled due to poor weather

The Ride biking event in Madison has been canceled due to poor weather Sunday.

According to a post from The Ride’s official Instagram page, Sunday’s thunderstorms, rain and standing water on the course will make for unsafe biking conditions.

With more than 1,600 riders and 200 volunteers, the event was scheduled to start and end at the American Family Insurance Headquarters at 6000 American Parkway in Madison.

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The Ride’s most precious resource is our people: 1650+ riders, 200+ volunteers, several thousand family members and several thousand financial contributors to the mission. We are committed to ensure their safety and therefore have officially canceled The Ride for Sept 22, 2019. There is simply too much threat from thunderstorms, relentless rain and standing water along the course.

A post shared by The Ride (@theridewi) on Sep 21, 2019 at 11:05pm PDT

“I know on a rainy day like this, it might seem like a loss,” said Paul Harari, a co-founder of The Ride. “We secure all of the financing for The Ride and the donations leading up to the day, and we broke the record several weeks ago from prior years.”

Organizers said the event was canceled for safety reasons.

“We can’t jeopardize their safety,” Harari said. “They have more important things to do in terms of cancer fighting, and so small detour, but onward with the ride.”

Harari said the event is all about honoring the courage of cancer patients.

“Remember that cancer, rain or shine, they are tackling their cancer and so this is a small detour, but the celebration of the ride continues year round,” Harari said.

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