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NJ Riders to Join Chai Lifeline’s Tour de Simcha Inaugural Ride & Run

Michal Zahtz on Tour de Simcha.

(Courtesy of Chai Lifeline) This summer, participants from across North America will click into their bikes and lace up their sneakers for an extraordinary and inspiring event: Tour de Simcha 2023, the premier women’s cycling and running event in support of Chai Lifeline.

On the evening of July 10, amid an atmosphere of celebration, the Crystal Springs Minerals Hotel in Vernon Township, New Jersey will host an energizing pasta party to kick off this incredible journey. The following morning, Tour de Simcha will embark on an inspiring ride and run to Glen Spey, New York set against the breathtaking backdrop of New Jersey and New York’s scenic mountains. Together, participants will demonstrate their unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities affected by illness, trauma and loss.

Among the participants from Bergen County is a rebbetzin at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun and co-director of iShine Teaneck, Michal Zahtz, who is riding to help raise money for the Chai Lifeline after-school program for children living with illness or loss in their homes. “I am so grateful to be a part of this incredible group of women riding to Camp Simcha,” she said.

This year’s Tour de Simcha introduces an exciting new running option alongside the cycling experience, allowing participants of all skill levels to join the cause. Multiple routes have been meticulously planned to accommodate the diverse range of skills and abilities among the participants.

A highlight of Tour de Simcha is the renowned “World’s Greatest Finish Line” marking the entrance to Camp Simcha. Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s medically supervised summer program for children with life-threatening and lifelong illnesses, serves as a beacon of hope for these courageous young individuals. As the riders and runners cross the finish line, the campers and staff join in the celebration, fostering an atmosphere of joy and accomplishment that amplifies the significance of this extraordinary event.

“The continuous support leading up to and throughout the event, combined with the pure joy of crossing the finish line to the cheers and love of the campers at Camp Simcha motivates and inspires all of our participants,” said CP Koenig, director of Tour de Simcha.

Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline, emphasized the essence of Tour de Simcha stating, “This event truly embodies the spirit of Chai Lifeline. It unites people, ignites resilience, and enables us to tangibly improve the lives of those facing illness. We express our deepest gratitude for the dedication and generosity of each participant and supporter.”

Chai Lifeline is an international support network, providing social, emotional, and practical assistance to children, families, and communities impacted by medical crises and trauma through a variety of year-round programs and services.

To learn more about Tour de Simcha, visit www.tourdesimcha.org

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