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We heard everyone’s feedback on the November 1st date selection and we have decided to move the date of our signature event at Petco Park to next spring 2021. In partnering with the Padres Baseball organization, our community and team leaders, we have concluded that a non-holiday weekend in the spring will be far more conducive to growing our event and fundraising for cancer research, while also continuing to provide a unique and exceptional event experience at Petco Park. Our team is working diligently to ensure that, with this change, our community is strengthened, and our organization and impact continue to grow. The official date will be announced in the early fall, at which time registration will also open. Visit the Date Change FAQ page for more details.

Padres Pedal the Cause is a peer-to-peer fundraising event in which all participants agree to fundraise by asking for donations from their friends and family. During registration, each individual commits to a fundraising minimum associated with the course or activity selected. After registration is complete, you will receive a profile that you can customize with a personal story and a photo to tell people why you ride, spin, run or walk to end cancer, and encourage them to donate to you. We have created resources and tips to help you reach your fundraising minimum.

Yes. You will have until the published fundraising deadline to hit your minimum fundraising commitment. If the minimum is not met, the credit card you entered during registration will be charged the difference.

You don't have to be a cyclist to raise funds for a world without cancer! We have options for everyone to participate in their own way; in addition to being a rider, you can be a:
• Spinner on a stationary bike
• Runner / Walker
• Volunteer
• Virtual Rider
• Kids Challenge Rider

Learn about each event on our How to Participate page.

You must be at least 13 years of age by event day to ride or volunteer in Padres Pedal the Cause. If you are between the ages of 3-12, you can participate in the 5K or the Kids Challenge!

The registration fee is $125 for cycling and $75 for the 5K and stationary bike classes. The registration fee does not count toward your fundraising; it helps cover the cost of putting on the event, including items like your jersey or technical t-shirt and refueling station support on the course.

Online registration will close at the night before the event. However, you may register in person on the morning of the event!

Virtual Riders are individuals who want to help create a world without cancer by participating in Padres Pedal the Cause, but are unable (or uninterested) in the physical commitment of cycling, spinning, running or walking on event day. As a Virtual Rider, you can create a profile page and be rewarded with great fundraising incentives for reaching distinguished fundraising levels. Virtual Riders have no fundraising commitment (unless they choose to).

Virtual Riders can register and join a team for a $50 donation to cancer.

Stationary cycling is also called spinning. The term “spinning” is a trademarked brand of stationary bike classes. We have created a special studio on the field at Petco Park for high-energy 50-minute stationary bike classes led by San Diego's most popular spin instructors, with a live DJ and bikes provided by LA Fitness!

Pursuant to the fundraising agreement, you may withdraw from participating in Padres Pedal the Cause on or before the published withdrawal date that is still TBD. To withdraw, you must contact the Padres Pedal the Cause office. All registration fees are nonrefundable. No exceptions.

Remember, all participants have until a few weeks after the event to reach their minimum fundraising commitment. If you have questions, please contact us or 619.510.4955.

You have until a few weeks after the event (official date TBD) to reach your fundraising commitment. After this date, if you haven’t hit your minimum requirement, the credit card you entered during registration will be charged the difference in what you have raised and the minimum you committed to.

We encourage you to register for a course that you are physically comfortable riding. Please note, the longer courses will likely require training for someone who is not an avid cyclist. Check out our training plans to get an idea of what it takes to be in top form for event day.

Please visit our Courses section to help you choose which course is best for you. If you have any further question please contact us at or 619.510.4955.

Depending on your level of experience and overall fitness level, some training may be necessary to complete the distance you wish to ride. Please visit our
Training Plans page to find information on Padres Pedal hosted training ride dates and personalized training plans for each distance.

There will be a rest stop approximately every 10-12 miles for water, food, mechanical assistance and medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the course to provide assistance, if necessary. Visit our Courses page to learn more about course support.

No, riders are required to abide by the rules of the road for this ride. Please visit the Courses page for a complete description of the rules of the road under the Rider Safety tab at the bottom.

Yes, you can ride with a tandem bike. Each rider must pay a registration fee dependent on their status (regular or youth rider) and each rider will be responsible for their own fundraising commitment.

No. Under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle. Children may be pushed in a stroller in the 5K, or can register to walk or run the 5K or ride a safely-enclosed course just for cancer fighters, ages 3-12, in the Kids Challenge!

The early bird special allows cyclists to register with a discounted fundraising minimum requirement. Early bird pricing is only applicable for participants registering for one of the four cycling routes.

Yes! With proof of a current and valid student or active military ID, the fundraising minimums for any event are reduced by half. Spouses of active duty military are also eligible for this discount. There is an option to select this during registration.

All funding benefits collaborative translational research and clinical trials among our four local San Diego beneficiaries: Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Visit our Impact page to learn more about our beneficiaries.

Since its inception in 2013, Padres Pedal the Cause has donated $13,229,302 to translational cancer research and clinical trials. Learn more about the funded projects on our Impact page.

We are proud to say 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to fund cancer research!

Maybe! We fund collaborative research and clinical trials at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Look for the RFP that announces grant rounds and timing, or contact your Padres Pedal liaison at your institution.

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