MINNEAPOLIS, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Every mile you ride on a bicycle, a stationary bike or even a unicycle this June can improve your health and help fund childhood cancer research during the third annual Great Cycle Challenge USA, to benefit Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF). Beginning today, people can register for the month-long cycling fundraiser at GreatCycleChallenge.com and download the free mobile application to track their miles, raise funds and share their experience.

Great Cycle Challenge USA encourages riders to set their own personal cycling goals and raise funds by recruiting family and friends to pledge donations.  During the past two years, nearly 40,000 riders pedaled three million miles, raising more than $4.7 million to fund childhood cancer research.  This year’s goal is for 30,000 riders to raise $4 million.

Last year’s event provided grants to ten Children’s Oncology Group sites, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

“Great Cycle Challenge offers everyone, no matter their fitness level, the opportunity to set their own goals to benefit a great cause,” said Jim Leighton, Vice President of Events and Partnerships, CCRF.  “The combination of having fun and pushing your fitness levels, while helping children and families in need, is truly empowering for those who have taken the challenge.”

The ability for cyclists to monitor mileage and fundraise is made easy through a dedicated app and personal web page. Cyclists can also use popular apps MapMyRide, Strava and Garmin Connect to track their miles. A new feature this year will allow riders to schedule group rides with other local riders.

ABOUT Great Cycle Challenge USA: Great Cycle Challenge USA encourages riders across the United States to challenge themselves and set their own personal riding goal throughout June to fight kids’ cancer. Corporate sponsors include Macy’s and Thrivent Mutual Funds. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GreatCycleChallengeUSA

ABOUT Children’s Cancer Research Fund: Children’s Cancer Research Fund invests in groundbreaking research that is leading to better treatments and cures for children with cancer. Since 1981, CCRF donors have helped fund research that has revolutionized the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide. For more info visit ChildrensCancer.org.