Virtual Ride Details
The Tri-State Trek raises funds for ALS research and spreads awareness of
the work The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is doing to find
effective treatments and cures for this horrific disease. The Tri-State Trek began in 2003,
when 16 cyclists pedaled from Boston to New York and raised $30,000 for ALS research. The
event has since grown to over 450 participants annually and has raised over $9 million.
Year after year, riders return and new faces join the fight. We hope that you will join our 2021 Tri-State Trek ride this summer!
Participate as an In-Person Cyclist
The In-Person Tri-State Trek will kick off on Friday, June 25th with an optional Welcome Celebration at
the new ALS TDI Lab Space in Watertown, MA. The 2021 ride will begin
on the morning of Saturday, June 26th with a century (100 miles) loop ride through scenic Massachusetts.
The day will include all of the amenities you've come to expect on the traditional Trek, including clearly marked
directional signs along the route, fully stocked rest stops, a full lunch Stop, dedicated crew, and more! The
evening will conclude with the renowned “We Are Trek Family” program, where we will present the
2021 Tri-State Trek awards, the famous Saturday Night Trek Open-Mic
night and more. Come prepared to laugh, cry, smile, make a new friend, and so much more.
Important notes about the In-Person Trek
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to allow spectators or guests of any kind at this year's
in-person event. All participants, cyclists and crew members are required to follow our strict requirements
including daily temperature checks, standing 6 feet apart and our “Feet on the Ground” protocol: When not
actively cycling or eating, all must wear protective face masks covering nose and mouth. To maximize appropriate
social distancing, this event will be held entirely outdoors and all meals will be catered as “grab and go”.
Sanitation stations and resources will be on-site to ensure a clean and sanitized gathering. Additional guidelines
may be added and mandated by ALS TDI based on recommendations by the CDC.
Participate as a Virtual Cyclist
Riders can cycle up to 270 Miles to replicate the traditional Tri-State Trek mileage from Boston
to Greenwich, or they can choose the shorter 2021 ride option of 100 miles to replicate the
century ride around Watertown, MA. While not required, we encourage all participants to log their
rides on Strava as a way to connect with others, compete with friends, and enjoy the virtual company of your Trek family!
To view all ride options, click here.
Stay Connected with the Trek Community
Just because a portion of the event is going virtual, it doesn't mean we will lose our sense of #TrekFamily. Whether
you're in the comfort of your own home or spending the day with us in-person in June, we are proud to continue the
renowned “We Are Trek Family” program, where we will present the 2021 Tri-State Trek
awards, the famous Saturday Night Trek Open- Mic night and more. Come prepared to laugh, cry, smile, make a new friend,
and so much more. In addition, we will offer a Trek Together virtual ride day where cyclists and Trek Your Way-ers can
come together via Zoom and put a dent in their mile goals as a group! And as always, we still want to hear from our
riders throughout the process, share stories, make memories, and end ALS.
While not required, we encourage all virtual participants to create an account on Strava, a social network platform for
athletes. We are proud to offer two mileage tracking websites, a Virtual Tri-State Trek Cyclists Club Page and a Trek Your Way Club Page
where participants can interact with other Trekers as they complete their challenges, connect with others, compete with
friends and enjoy the virtual company of your Trek family!
Stay Connected: Post to social media to share images of your ride and distance, reach out
to support other riders, and continue to remind your friends and family of why you ride!
Track Your Progress: Create an account on Strava and post on the Virtual Tri-State Trek
Cyclists Club Page or the Trek Your Way Club Page to track and share your distance and let
fundraisers see your progress.
Remember Why We Ride: There are still no effective treatments for ALS. Now, more than ever,
we need to fundraise and ensure that ALS research does not slow down.
About the ALS Therapy Development Institute
The ALS Therapy Development Institute and our scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. We are the
world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by drug development experts and
people with ALS, we understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease. Learn more at www.als.net.
Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or Motor Neuron Disease (MND). It
is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis
while leaving the senses intact. ALS attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep muscles moving. Most
people survive two to five years after their diagnosis, with an estimated 30,000 people in the US and 450,000 worldwide
living with the disease. Currently, there are no effective treatments or cures.