Ride for McBride is an annual charity bike ride held to honor and remember the life and work of Joseph McBride. Joe was a beloved member of the NJ/PA community for forty years, where he raised a family, coached and refereed sports, taught and worked as a social worker, and was a friend to many. Sadly, Joe lost his life in 2010 doing something he loved: riding his bike. We gathered together for the first time as a community in 2011 to ride and remember a man who touched thousands of lives. Participants in Ride for McBride can ride one of three routes (10, 25, 50 miles) and there is a luncheon ceremony held after the ride. The proceeds raised by the ride go to the Joseph McBride Memorial Award at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice – a masters program in social work. The scholarship is awarded to a second-year student who best exhibits Joe’s enduring qualities as a social worker: unflinching courage, strong integrity, and boundless passion. The first scholarship was awarded in the spring of 2012.
Event details and schedule
We recommend that those choosing the 50 mile route leave around 8am, the 25 mile route around 8:30am, and the 10 mile route around 10:00am. Please note there will be coffee and bagels available for all riders and volunteers in the morning!
- Helmets are to be worn at all times.
- Make sure your bicycle is in proper working order BEFORE you arrive.
- Carry a water bottle; water will be provided.
- Practice safety and obey all traffic laws.
- Cue sheets provided with registration.
- Rest stop with snacks and drinks will be on 25 and 50 mile routes.
- Support vehicles will be on routes with cell phones.
Following the ride, a lunch will be provided at the picnic area in the park starting roughly around noon.
Ride for McBride