Ride for Jim

August 13 2013, 10:15am
Categories: Community Connection


In the summer of 2008, Dr. Jack Haar, Professor of Anatomy at VCU, and his son Philip created a TransAmerica fundraising ride as a vehicle to support cancer research, known as the RideForJim. The ride was dedicated in memory of their good friend, Jim Popp, who died of cancer in the summer of 2007. Jim was a superb athlete, trusted physician and beloved father and husband.
The fund was created with the intent to offer fellowships to first-year medical students. The stipend covers travel and living expenses while the recipient performs cancer related research during the summer following their first year. Because of the sustained efforts of dedicated riders and supporters, the James D. Popp Student Research Fund has already awarded its third fellowship. To date the RideForJim event series has raised over $100,000 in support of cancer research.
Join cyclists and supporters alike on August 24, 2013 in Hanover County. This year’s event has been moved to Mica Mine Farm to allow for beautiful scenic routes, a fun-filled farm atmosphere and increased venue size. Located just down the road from Ashland Berry Farm, this new launch point allows for riders to enjoy a country ride with views of Lake Anna.
Riders choose either a 25- or 63-mile loop ride starting and ending at Mica Mine Farm.
After the ride, supporters and riders celebrate and enjoy live music, barbecue and local craft beer. Family friendly activities and a silent auction are included!
This will be a fun-filled event recognizing past and present riders as well as our top fundraisers and sponsors for 2013. A custom Ride For Jim cycling jersey will be awarded to all riders who raise more than $200 in donations.
We ask that all attendees please drink responsibly.
To learn more and to register please visit www.rideforjim.org