Pedaling4Paws

Pedaling4Paws

Charity bike ride through PA and NY

to raise money for animal rescue


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Welcome to Pedaling4Paws

Each year during the last week of June, a group of cyclists and animal lovers depart on a Tuesday morning from West Chester, PA on a 5 day, 500 mile charity bike ride to support local SPCAs and Animal Shelters along their route. The event is called Pedaling4Paws.

The 2014 Pedaling4Paws West Chester, PA to Canada ride is on:

Tuesday, June 24 to Saturday, June 28, 2014

In 2013, twenty-two people rode the full 5 days and a live-track link to follow the ride in real time was available daily on our Facebook page. As with previous years, some riders participated for a portion of the 5-day, 500 mile trip. We encourage local bike clubs to join us, for a few miles or a few hours! Since  2013, all riders who wish to join the event must apply (see below).

The West Chester, PA to Canada trip goes through 7 counties in Pennsylvania and 5 counties in New York, and it arrives at the Canadian border in Ogdensburg New York in the early afternoon 5 days after departing. Each year, riders help raise money and awareness for the SPCAs/shelters along the way. You can see each of the shelters at our donate locally tab or on this overview map. Please follow the ride's progress via the Pedaling4Paws Facebook page. You can review past years by visiting the Pedaling4Paws blog.

  So what's Pedaling4Paws Like? Enjoy our 2013 Video Memory Collection!  
 

P4P 2013 LGE 2 from charles st maurice on Vimeo.

 
     
 

Pedaling4Paws Online Application
If you want to ride with Pedaling4Paws for the full 5 days, you must fill out the application and agree to order and wear Pedaling4Paws jerseys, and t-shirts as well as to fundraise or purchase raffle tickets to support local shelters..
        CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Pedaling4Paws Support
Can't ride, but still want to help? Click on each link below...
- Pedaling4Paws Cycling Jersey - Buy online NOW!
- Pedaling4Paws T-Shirt - Online ordering soon!
- Pedaling4Paws Raffles - Multiple Raffles this year!

   

Pedaling4Paws Television Commercial
Special thanks to the Country Inn & Suites & RoseAnn Lesher!
 
Pedaling4Paws Promo Video

Pedaling4Paws Raffles

The Raffle will open in April. Multiple raffles available:
- Chester County benefiting the Chester County SPCA
- Carbon County benefitting the Carbon County Friends of Animals
- Cayuga County benefittng the Finter Lakes SPCA

Click on the above links to download a copy of last year's 2013 local raffle poster so you can show it to anyone who is interested in winnig the raffles or in supporting the cause! We will update the posters for 2014 as soon as they are available!

You need not be present to win, so feel free to request tickets for all 3 raffles! You can do so at our Raffle Page.

The 2013 Pedaling4Paws Print Raffles

Chester County SPCA Raffle - June 7, 2013 - We have a winner: Katie Eberhart!!!

Pedaling4Paws is proud to announce the winner of the raffle for "Moonlight Serenade" by world-renowned artist Juan Vela is Katie Eberhart. The print was handsomely framed by Visual Expansion Gallery and on Friday, June 7, 2013, as part of the West Chester Gallery Walk, the raffle drawing was held with Juan Vela himself pulling the winning ticket.



For more information on the 2013 Raffles, Click Here!

Raffle of "Moonlight Serenade" by Juan Vela
Photo includes Phil Luong (left), Viktor Ohnjec (back), Mary Manning (front) and Juan Vela (right) at Visual Expansion Gallery
Winner: Katie Eberhart (right photo with framed print)
Special thanks to the Pedaling4Paws Raffle Supporters!
Over 350 tickets sold!
   Katie Eberhart Wins!
Visual Expansion Gallery Chester County SPCA
Kelly's Sports Stillman Volvo
Allen Cook's Barber Shop Jester Chiropractic 
Jester & Saldivar Dentists Dave's Automotive Repair
Brother's Pizza, East Bradford i-Pasta, West Chester
Eagle Animal Hospital Tender Touch Gifts
Rubinstein's  
   

To the many people who purchased tickets and the many others who sold those tickets - we could not have done this without you!

The raffle resulted in almost $5000 being collected for the Chester County SPCA! Again, a big thank you to all involved!!
The Pedaling4Paws Limited Edition Jersey !

Custom created by world-renownd designer, Juan Vela, this Limited Edition Pedaling4Paws jersey is available for purchase.  Jerseys are unisex and 'club' cut (slightly looser fitting).

The cost is $60 per jersey (discounts available for riders) with a portion of the cost going to the cause and the rest to the cost of the jersey! Jerseys will be delivered 6-8 weeks after the order is received.

Here's the design as delivered through Juan Vela Studio...

The 2014-2015 Pedaling4Paws Jersey is shown above the 2012-2013 jersey!

The Pedaling4Paws T-Shirt!

Following the same design as the limited edition Pedaling4Paws cycling jersey, this custom t-shirt was made available to all riders and supporters of Pedaling4Paws. It sold out within 1 week at $12 per t-shirt or 2 for $20.

We were thrilled to have this show of support and we want to thank each person who purchased the t-shirt. Wear them proudly and let them know that we will have future t-shirts for sale in the coming years!

Here's what the previous t-shirt looked like (front and back)...


The 2013 Pedaling4Paws T-Shirt is no longer available, but a 2014 version is coming soon!

Pedaling4Paws Jersey (Front) 
 Pedaling4Paws Jersey (Back)

Why Pedaling4Paws?

In what started as an idea to ride a bike to the Canadian border, Mike Van Ryn and Viktor Ohnjec, members of the West Chester Cycling Club mapped out a 4-day, 465 mile route they planned to follow in late June 2009. They didn’t plan to make the ride a charity event but Mike’s brother offered to contribute $1 per mile to the Chester County SPCA.  From that point forward the ride took on a life of its own.  Word spread to the local community and donations started to come in.  By September, the Chester County SPCA was presented with checks totaling over $2000 from the money collected on behalf of the ride.

In 2010, Mike and Viktor were joined by Gary Bianchini and several other riders who rode with them for between a few hours and a few days. They extended the ride to a full 5 days and 500 miles. The 2010 donations were over $5000. In 2011, the Pedaling4Paws initiative helped raise $11,000 and grew both in the number of overall riders (over 20 at various points of the ride) and in mileage (over 500 miles to accommodate visits to SPCAs/shelters). For 2012, the group included 14 riders for the entire 5-day, 500-mile event and they collectively raised over $17,000 for the supported shelters! In 2013, the group wanted to exceed $20,000... They hit $27,000.

You can expect the event to continue from Tuesday to Saturday around the Summer Solstice (because those days are the longest of the year)!

Help us to spread the word! Join a fuure ride, tell local merchants or companies where fellow cyclist and animal lovers live and work and help make each year's Pedaling4Paws event the best ever!

How can you get involved?

  • Join us on our 5-day ride from the last Tuesday of June each year - for all or even a portion of the ride
  • Meet us along the way - see the day-by-day route
  • Donate to your local SPCA or animal shelter
  • Sponsor the ride directly or through your company
  • Request a Jersey, T-Shirt or Raffle Tickets, when available.
  • See who is already involved...

Please track us on Facebook!

When we start riding, we share updates on our progress through our Facebook page and even include a Live Track link so you can see, minute-by-minute where we are!