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MetroWest Federation Hosts Cycling Event to Help Send Kids to Camp

(Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest) Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ’s fourth annual Tour de Summer Camps NJ is taking place on Sunday, October 10. Proceeds of this community cycling event will make it possible for more children across Greater MetroWest NJ to attend Jewish summer camp through One Happy Camper grants and need-based scholarships. The start and finish lines are located at the Aidekman Jewish Community Campus in Whippany, and the 5-, 18-, 36-, and 62-mile routes will take riders through scenic Morris County roads.

“This is one of the biggest events of the year for our Greater MetroWest Jewish community,” said event co-chair David Kanarek. “The bike ride is the perfect way for cyclists to come together to ride some beautiful routes and raise money for a great cause!”

“For less-experienced cyclists,” added co-chair Jay Sabin, “we’ve added a leisurely 5-mile route. Intermediate riders may opt for the 36-mile route with significantly less hills, and for novice riders we suggest the 18-mile route with a modest 800 feet of climbing. All routes are fully supported and are on scenic and less traveled country roads in Northern New Jersey. You’ll be travelling through the middle of the Great Swamp Wildlife Preserve and have a rest stop at the Raptor Trust, a facility that rescues injured eagles, owls, and other birds of prey. You will also pass through Jockey Hollow where the Continental Army encamped during the harshest winter of the Revolutionary War.”

Other highlights of the event will include grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for participants, bike rentals for those who want to participate but don’t have their own bikes, plus on-site bike mechanics and a stretching tent.

“We’re taking all precautions to ensure that we follow all COVID safety protocols,” said co-chair Ilyssa Tepperman. “But we also acknowledge that some people may feel more comfortable participating in their own time and space. For those people we’re offering both a virtual option to raise money doing the activity of your choice or special Peloton classes to register for on October 3.”

“Tour de Summer Camps NJ has been a great success in previous years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help send local children to camp!” said co-chair Eric Sellinger. “Every child can benefit from the amazing experiences these camps provide, and we want to make sure that money is never an obstacle for a child to attend Jewish camp.”

For more information about the event and to register or make a donation, visit the Tour de Camp NJ website at www.tourdesummercampsnj.org. For any additional information or questions, contact Jill Nadison at [email protected] or (973) 929-3179.

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