Increasing awareness about prostate cancer is the primary focus of the 10th annual Pedal Away Prostate Cancer Bike Race and Health Fair, set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Eden Hill Medical Center, 200 Banning St., Dover.
Registration will open at 8 a.m. and the race will start at 9:30. The 25-mile course through Kent County’s Amish country is a rain-or-shine event.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among adult men in Delaware. This is alarming because Delaware’s level of cancer incidence is significantly higher than the national average, said Dr. Michael Zaragoza of Urology Associates of Dover.
The annual event is sponsored by the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition, and raises funds that support free community prostate screening programs and educational outreach. Dr. Rafael Zaragoza, formerly of Urology Associates of Dover, was instrumental in starting the coalition with like-minded community members including his son, Dr. Michael Zaragoza. DPCC was founded in 2011.
The bike event is open to cyclists of all abilities, with prizes for top finishers. There are separate start times for competitive and non-competitive cyclists. The race also serves as the 40K race for the Delaware Senior Olympics. A picnic lunch is included in the registration fee.
In addition, a health fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the finish site. Free PSA vouchers and prostate cancer screening registrations are available. In addition, there will be free health screenings for vision, diabetes, skin cancer and blood pressure as well as free massages and information on health care services provided locally.
The picnic lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. includes Grotto Pizza, Texas Roadhouse, Rita’s water ice and beer/wine sampling from Dogfish Head and Harvest Ridge.
Admission to the Health Fair is free and the picnic lunch is open to the public for $5.
Visit bikereg.com/pedal-away-prostate-cancer to learn more or register for the race.
Registration price for all categories and age groups is $45 if preregistering online or $55 at the site.