Muscular Dystrophy Association & IAFF Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire Announce 36th Annual New Hampshire Bike Ride June 24-25, 2023
MDA family member, ESPN producer Nevin Steiner, a previous participant, who lives with Becker muscular dystrophy will be honored at the event.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire – May 16, 2023, Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) today announced the 36th Annual Trans New Hampshire Bike Ride (TNHBR) to be held on Saturday, June 24 (start at 8:30am) and Sunday, June 25 (start at 7:30am). Full itinerary for the route here. Registration for the TNHBR is now open here, and participants are encouraged to sign up early to secure their spot. The registration fee includes meals, overnight accommodation, and support throughout the ride.
The fully supported two-day bicycle ride through New Hampshire benefits MDA's mission to accelerate research, advance care, and advocate to empower families living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. This year's honoree is MDA family member, ESPN producer Nevin Steiner, a previous participant who lives with Becker muscular dystrophy. He and will be engaged throughout the ride at the start and midway point on day one and at the finish of the ride on day two.
"It's my honor to participate as honoree in the 36th anniversary of the Trans New Hampshire Bike Ride with Muscular Dystrophy Association and IAFF Professional Fire Fighters," said Steiner. "I want the public and all fire fighters to know how much of an impact the funds raised continue to make for someone like me living with Becker muscular dystrophy. The funds go toward improving care and advancing research. Since 2015, there have been 19 new approved treatments for different types of neuromuscular diseases. No one thought that could be possible, but MDA has never wavered in its commitment to making genetic medicine a reality and this could not be done without the partnership and dedication of people like Mike Roberts and IAFF NH Local 3160 and the IAFF Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire. My family and I are so grateful to see the community throughout New Hampshire come together for this cause."
"This charity bicycle ride has been considered one of the hardest rides, but I would say the most rewarding ride to participate in. I have been involved in the Trans New Hampshire Bike Ride since 2001, throughout this time our ride has evolved and transformed to keep up with the times. The one thing this ride has not done is waver from its dedication and determination to raise as much money as we can for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This organization reflects the values of a fire fighter— determination, dedication, commitment, and the never-ending drive to accomplish the goal to accelerate treatments and cures and to empower families to overcome challenges and remove barriers," said Mike Roberts, Trans-NH Bike Ride President and retired Londonderry, NH L3160 Fire Fighter.
The ride starts in Portsmouth with the choice of two different routes, paved or gravel. Each day, riders will cycle between 65-75 miles depending on the chosen route. Both routes will have rest stops and mechanical support will be provided, as well as a fire truck escort from Newington Fire Department to kick off the ride.
Day one ends in Concord, where all riders and support personnel will check in at the Comfort Inn. Dinner will be provided by Concord Fire Rescue, and riders will receive premiums earned by their fundraising efforts. One-day riders are welcome to join the group for dinner for a nominal fee but are responsible for their own accommodation.
Day two kicks off with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a rolling start, with luggage transported by the TNHBR staff. The ride ends with a finish line barbecue at the Portsmouth Senior Center.
In memory of Jerry Burns, TNHBR Board Member and Ambassador for the ride, with the blessing of his family, there is a rider page for anyone who wishes to support the ride in his honor and memory.
This 2023 MDA IAFF Trans New Hampshire Bike Ride community is grateful to CITGO Petroleum Corporation for its support.
About Muscular Dystrophy Association
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the #1 voluntary health organization in the United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular diseases. For over 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care, and advocating for the support of our families. MDA's mission is to empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To learn more visit mda.org and follow MDA on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.