The Smart Ride (The Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride) is an awesome two-day, 165 mile bicycle ride from Downtown Miami to Old Town Key West, Florida.
Around 400 riders make the journey. With each raising a minimum of $1250 for AIDS/HIV charities througout FLorida The Smart Ride has made a real impact on thousands of peoples lives.
Wodu Media’s creative director and founding partner Peter Downie participated in the 2007 Smart Ride.
For the 2010 Smart Ride we are asking for your generosity as Peter trains hard to once again take on the 165 mile route. Whatever you can manage to donate will make a difference. 100% of what you donate goes directly to charity. Please make your secure donation below.
“The camaraderie between all the riders and crew, and the stunning views of the ocean all around us as we blazed over the series of bridges that join the Florida Keys stays with you long after the ride was over.” Peter Downie
From The Smart Ride Website
Like many things that change us and the world in some way, it starts with a dream, a vision, and an idea. The Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride is no different.
It was born out of a dream to make a real and significant difference in the lives of those infected, affected and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
It was born out of a vision that 100% of what the participants raise could go to charity, a vision that the participants could maintain some control over the distribution of their funds, and that volunteers could do it all.
It was born with an idea that as Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed; it’s the only thing that ever has.”
With these three simple things, a dream, a vision, an idea a small group of friends and acquaintances met and created what is now the SMART Ride. In its first year, more than 200 people joined in traveling more than 165 miles over two days from Miami to Key West. By year 5 we have grown in numbers and revenue that we had never expected with more than 500 participants.
In the end, we have contributed more than $1.8 million to our benefitting direct service organizations in the State of Florida. We met all of our goals, which included giving the riders a degree of control over the money they raised. Last year alone we raised and returned just shy of $600,000.
Now in its 6th year, The Southernmost AIDS/HIV Ride is getting bigger and better than ever and with your help we can raise more than $500,000 this year alone.. Even given the current economic enviornoment, every year we are completely amazed at what the participants accomplish. We’re more ambitious than we’ve ever been and we’re not stopping for anything! Join us!