AIDS Ride for Life supporting Southern Tier AIDS Program
AIDS Ride for Life

About AIDS Ride for Life 2023

Join us on Saturday, September 9th 2023! 
The AIDS Ride for Life is the Southern Tier AIDS Program's biggest fundraiser of the year! 
**NEW CHANGE: ​Online Registration is OPEN until Wednesday, September 6th at Midnight**

In-person Registration will be available on Friday, September 8th 4-7pm and Saturday, September 9th 5am-6:30am (90 & 100milers) at Stewart Park, AND Saturday September 9th 9-12pm at Cass Park for 14-43 milers (see 2023 Event Day schedule under "For Riders" for specific times for each mileage option)

43 Miler Bus has been filled - you may still register for 43 miles but you must have your own transportation & check in at Cass Park prior to heading up to Stewart Park!

About the Ride
Cyclists from all over gather at Stewart Park in Ithaca NY to Ride around Cayuga Lake while fully supported by a contingent of volunteers at the seven pitstops placed strategically around the lake! Riders will also be assisted by vehicle safety and gear support, bike repair techs, a lunch pitstop at the halfway point, and a great celebration to follow at the finish line! You can also register for smaller routes instead of the 90 or 100 miles around the lake, we have smaller options ranging between 14 to 42 miles that begin at specific pitstops and require a short bus ride from Stewart Park. 
Registering for the Ride starts at $25 when registration opens  on April 1st, 2023 and will periodically increase as the event gets closer, this fee goes towards Rider amenities and event costs. Additionally, we ask all riders that are 22 and older to fundraise $200 in order to participate on Ride day, younger riders (21 and under) are asked to fundraise a minimum of $100; all money raised by our Riders goes back to STAP to fill the gaps in the funding required to serve folks living with HIV/AIDS, others with two or more chronic illnesses, people who are LGBTQ+ Youth at Identity Youth Center, or Syringe Exchange participants. All registered riders will get their own fundraising page as well as some tools to help them fundraise including the ability to create their own fundraising events, the ability to text their donors thank you, livestream fundraising, and more! 

New to the Ride this year:  

  • Your safety quiz is a required activity right here on this site!
  • Modified dinner plans for Cass Park!
  • New Fundraising platform! (Welcome to the new site!)
  • New options to make your own events: fundraising events, Training Rides, you name it!
  • Rider Facebook Group where you can get news about the Ride, ask questions, recruit, and discuss all things cycling. If you haven't checked it out, you can find it by clicking this link:!
  • Whether you Ride for the cause, fun, teamwork, or challenge; you're bound to have an amazing experience on the AIDS Ride for Life. We have a full Safety and Gear Support team that will escort Riders from Stewart Park, around Cayuga Lake, through each of the 7 pitstops ending at Cass Park for dinner, music, and fun! 
    And as always, FUN IS MANDATORY!

    2023 Ride Resources: 
    ARFL Cue Sheet
    ARFL Map 


    Starts at:  September 9, 2023 5:00 AM
    Ends at:  September 9, 2023 5:00 PM


    Stewart Park
    1 James L Gibbs Drive
    Ithaca,NY 14850 USA


    Kayla Thomas, Ride Coordinator

    Why Participate?

    25 Years supporting one of the Southern Tier's most vulnerable populations

    The AIDS Ride for Life, now in its 25th year, brings people together from all different communities, states and countries in support of the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) which serves communities in eight different counties in the Southern Tier. Here's just some of the work that STAP does in Broome, Tompkins, Tioga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Otsego, and Delaware Counties: 

    Client Services 
    •  HIV/AIDS Support Services; Housing, Ryan White Care Management
    •  Health Homes of Upstate NY Services; medical linkage services for qualified folks with two or more chronic health conditions.
    •  Health Homes Supported Housing for folks unstably housed
    • HIV Education & Treatment Adherence
    • Housing Support for People Living with HIV/AIDS 

    Prevention Services
    • Syringe Exchange (mobile unit, Ithaca and Johnson City SEP offices)
    • Narcan Overdose Prevention Training to local businesses, communities, schools, and groups.
    • STI Testing Services (Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, HEP-C, and HIV)
    • Monkeypox (MPOX) Program - Education & Outreach Services
    • Criminal Justice Initiative - Prevention Education within NYS Prisons.
    •  Identity Youth Program, LGBTQ+ & Allies safe space and drop-in center in Binghamton, NY

    The AIDS Ride for Life is STAP's biggest fundraising event of the year, money raised at this event fills funding gaps in many of these amazing services! 

    How Your Support Makes a Difference

    Every dollar raised goes to the Southern Tier AIDS Program

    By participating in the AIDS Ride for Life, you're helping save lives through STAP's Overdose Prevention Services, connecting medically underserved populations to much needed medical and specialty care through STAP's Health Homes and Ryan White Services, providing valuable harm reduction services like condom distribution, syringe exchange, and Health Hub medical services through STAP's Prevention Point Syringe Exchange Program, and so much more. 

    Supporting us also means talking about the Southern Tier AIDS Program, about the valuable services we provide to the communities we serve. Talking about the AIDS Ride for Life, puts the taboo word of "AIDS" back into discussions surrounding public health, prevention services, and chronic illness. When you participate in the Ride and fundraise for STAP, you're helping to let your friends, family, and coworkers about us and the work we do!

    Thank you for your support!

    AIDS Ride for Life Sponsors