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**UPDATE** September 6 2019 – Stefan has just surpassed his fundraising goal for the 2019 ride, which begins on Friday, September 13. He wishes to thank everyone who has donated in support of his efforts.
Pedaling away in the mountains of upstate New York last September, Bucks County realtor Stefan Dahlmark bicycled 300 miles in three days to raise money for New York City-based HousingWorks. While he found the ride extremely challenging despite a steady training schedule, he had barely dismounted from his bike when he decided he had to do it again in 2019. The mental and emotional rewards topped the physical hurdles.
“Last year’s ride made such a positive and lasting impression on me. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I especially appreciated the camaraderie of all the riders, people from all walks of life who in any other situation would have been unlikely connect like we did. We were all there for the same reason, to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS,” says Dahlmark. “Many of the riders had very personal stories about loved ones living and sometimes succumbing to the disease. I’m riding in memory of my beloved friend, Peter Ziefel, who left us in 2007.”
This year’s BrakingAIDS ride will include 150 participants. It begins on Friday, Sept. 13, in Cooperstown, N.Y., heads into Albany, N.Y., and ends in Manhattan on the third day. While the route has changed slightly to eliminate a steep climb over Bear Mountain, it still requires plenty of preparation. Dahlmark again is training in his home territory.
“I love leaving Sergeantsville, heading towards Frenchtown, Milford, Riegelsville and all the way to Easton, taking unknown roads and seeing new areas. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful area and it’s so different to experience it from a quiet bicycle than from a car,” says Dahlmark.
Dahlmark increased his fundraising goal to $10,000, up from the $8,800 he raised in 2018. All proceeds go directly to BrakingAIDS and HousingWorks, which helps provide stable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic diseases. If you wish to contribute to Dahlmark’s goal, please contact him directly:firstname.lastname@example.org or 267.474.0204 or at his New Hope office at 215.794.3227.