Over 2,100 cyclists pedal to Atlantic City on 35th Annual Ben To The Shore Bike Tour – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of cyclists are pedaling from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore for the 35th annual Ben to the Shore Bike Tour. It started to warm up in Philadelphia on Sunday morning as cyclists took off towards the Ben Franklin Bridge.

CBS3 has heard many heartfelt stories about why so many people continue to ride each year.

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More than 2,100 cyclists, including first responders, community members and even children, participated in the ride this year.

The bike tour raises funds for the Families Behind the Badge Children Foundation, also known as FBBCF.

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Around 7 a.m., runners crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge for the 60-mile ride ending at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. There will be a big party after the event to celebrate.

Money raised will go to the families of fallen or seriously injured local first responders. The funds will also help fund programs that cultivate positive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Many of these runners were former first responders and they know firsthand what these men and women face every day.

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The group is just under $1.2 million, so hopefully by the end of Sunday they will have reached their goal.