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Canary Challenge at a Glance

Canary Challenge 2012



  • Northern California’s premier cycling event to raise donations to fund innovative programs such as early cancer detection, patient care and survivorship at the Stanford Cancer Institute.
  • 100% of all funds raised by the riders benefits the Stanford Cancer Institute.
    • The Canary Challenge offers a number of routes for all abilities - 50k, 75k, 100k, 100 miles
    • Registration is $100 and each rider is tasked to raise $400 with most raising significantly more.
    • The ride is fully supported - rest stops, SAG support and outstanding food/drink at the finish.
    • Ride with elite racers from professional cycling teams – Team Garmin/Cervelo and others.


  • The ride begins and ends at VMWare Campus in Palo Alto, and is scheduled for September 28, 2013, with routes going over the coastal range to San Gregorio and back, with options for less hilly routes.


  • 100% of funds raised by riders in the Canary Challenge directly benefits the Stanford Cancer Institute
  • Production costs are underwritten by registration fees, Canary Foundation and sponsors, not donations
  • Unique financial model (only ride to contribute 100% to beneficiary starting in its first year) maximizes the impact of charitable giving
  • The benefit stays local, but the impact is global - raises donations and awareness for world class cancer research and care in the region
  • Because it’s a blast!

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