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Detroit Ride for the Living

Sunday, August 26th | 9 AM

The Krakow JCC’s Annual Ride for the Living is a 55 kilometer bike ride from Auschwitz to JCC Krakow that commemorates Jewish history and celebrates the miraculous rebirth of Jewish life in Poland today. This year, JFMD’s Israel & Overseas Department  and the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit are pedaling in solidarity and organizing a satellite ride right here in Metro Detroit.

We’ll be riding 55 kilometer (34 miles) from the Huntington Woods Recreation Center to the Hazon Food Festival at Detroit’s Eastern Market and back.

Important Details:
Registration is 9:00 am | Ride will start promptly at 9:30 am.
This is an unsupported ride. You must have your own bike and helmet. Bikes should be prepared for a 55k ride. If you are not an active rider, we strongly encourage you to train before the event as 55k is strenuous and will take 3-4 hours with breaks. We will have an extended break at Detroit’s Eastern Market where participants will have a chance to get a taste of the Hazon Food Festival!

More About Ride for the Living:
Ride for The Living was inspired by JCC Krakow member Robert Desmond who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles from London to Auschwitz visiting WWII sites of liberation along his journey. After joining the JCC and becoming an active member, he realized his ride should not have ended in a place of loss, but rather at a place of hope, JCC Krakow, joined by the Jewish community and friends from around the world.

Cost: $36 donation per rider online or $50 at the door (will support the JCC Krakow).
Where: Meet at the Huntington Woods Recreation Center. We will ride to Detroit’s Eastern Market and back.

Huntington Woods Recreation Center, 26325 Scotia Rd, Huntington Woods, MI 48070

Mark Kowalsky, Ron Sollish & Lowell Weiss

Questions? Contact Dona Stillman at (248) 833-2527 or Email Dona


I’m sorry but advanced registration for the Ride for the Living is currently closed. We will have limited availability for walk-in participants tomorrow at the Ride. The fee for walk-ins will be $50. All walk-ins will be e-billed on Monday, August 27th. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Dona Stillman at

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