MADISON — ACT 11, the 11th annual Wisconsin AIDS Ride, begins this Thursday, Aug. 1, with the Opening Ceremony at 7 a.m. in Olbrich Park in Madison followed by the riders departing at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Riders in the past 10 ACT rides have logged over 3,200 miles and raised over $2.9 million dollars for AIDS Network, the HIV/AIDS service provider for Southern Wisconsin. This year’s route will take riders through Beloit, Janesville, and Madison — the locations of the agency’s three offices.
“‘Compassion, courage, and commitment’ is the motto of the Wisconsin AIDS Ride and I don’t know of another fundraising event where participants — riders, crew members, and volunteers — so truly demonstrate these attributes,” said AIDS Network Executive Director Dan Guinn. “The Ride not only contributes much needed dollars for critical services in our community, but raises awareness about HIV/AIDS. We’re really grateful to be a part of this endeavor and for all those who support it, whether with their labor or donations.”
After four days and 300 miles, the riders’ journey will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 4 in downtown Madison (Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at the Capitol Square) where the Closing Ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.
More information about the Wisconsin AIDS Ride, including stops along the route, can be found on its official website: www.actride.org.