Hosted by TSR Adventures Inc. and widely called “The SMART Ride,” the 2019 trip is slated for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16. The event typically attracts 400 to 500 solo riders, 250 volunteers and multiperson teams of people ranging in age from 18 to over 70.
Riders are to depart Friday from the University of Miami’s Watsco Center at 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables. Ride starts begin at sunrise, with the first scheduled 100-mile ride to Hawks Cay Resort located on Duck Key. Rest stops are available approximately every 15-20 miles.
Riders are to overnight at Hawks Cay and resume cycling the next morning, traveling some 65 miles southwest to Key West. Once all the entrants arrive, a 4-mile police escort and parade around Key West is slated for 2 p.m. The closing ceremonies are to be held at the Truman Annex Quay Pier.
The public is encouraged to join in the closing ceremonies to congratulate riders, crew, and volunteers.
Now in its 16th year, the event has raised nearly $11 million with 100 percent of proceeds distributed among various AIDS service organizations throughout Florida.
Post-ride celebrations at local LGBTQ venues are slated throughout the day Saturday, followed by a sunset cruise Sunday.
Registration for the 2019 ride is currently closed; however, interested people can be added to waitlists for riders and crews. Registration for the 2020 SMART Ride is to open Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.
Event information: https://thesmartride.org or AHMonroe.org
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or gaykeywestfl.com
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