FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) announced a new 25% discount for First Responders that participate in the 3rd Annual VTV Gran Fondo for Campus Safety. The mass cycling event will be held on October 5th, 2013 in the beautiful Mosaic District, Fairfax, Virginia. Proceeds from the ride will support VTV's mission to improve school safety across the nation, as well as help assist victims of mass tragedies. An expo featuring vendors, food, music and entertainment will be held near the finish area.
"The International Police Mountain Bike Association encourages all DC-area public safety cyclists to take advantage of the 25% discount offered to First Responders interested in riding the VTV Gran Fondo," said IPMBA Executive Director Maureen Becker. "This is an excellent opportunity to support the VTV Family Outreach Foundation in its efforts to assist victims of campus crime and their families while indulging in a favorite past-time. If you are able to ride in uniform, it will also raise awareness of the important role played by police, EMS, and security cyclists on campuses and in communities."
A local Law Enforcement Officer not allowed to provide his name said, "As a Hokie and a member of the International Police Mountain Bike Association, I jump at the chance to participate in an event that aids services to victims of crime, promotes campus safety, and provides the opportunity for law enforcement to have fun with the community and develop public trust."
Gran Fondos are long-distance, mass participation cycling events popular in Italy. They're open to recreational and competitive cyclists alike. Riders at this event will travel either the 100-mile route to Quantico or the 32-mile route to Burke Lake, both beginning and ending in Mosaic.
Among the First Responders, other notable riders at this event include the VTV Cycling Team and Monte Frank from Team 26 and the Sandy Hook Riders, known for their "Ride On Washington" this past March in honor of the Sandy Hook victims. VTV has also personally invited their friends U.S. Senator Mark Warner, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf, U.S. Congressman Gerry Connolly, U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott, and other state and elected officials to attend.
The event is open to the public and all ages are invited to show their support for improving campus safety. There will be plenty of activities for cyclist enthusiasts, local Virginia Tech football fans, VT Alumni, and kids of all ages. Look for local food truck specials and boutique vendors near the finish area. Spots are available for additional vendors on a first come basis.
3rd Annual VTV Gran Fondo for Campus Safety
October 5, 2013, 7:00am – 7:00pm; 100-mile start time 8:30am, 32-mile start time 2:00pm
Mosaic District, 2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Charitable Entry Fees: 100 Miles, $80; 32 Miles, $60; First Responders 25% Off; Students 50% Off; includes ride food, refreshments, five rest stops, restrooms, support cars, basic mechanical support, one dinner ticket at the post-ride festival, entertainment, and event t-shirt.
More info & register at: www.VTVGranFondo.com
About VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by a majority of the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for K-12 and campus safety and security. VTV's landmark project called 32 National Campus Safety Initiative™ will forever improve campus safety. Also, by working with a bi-partisan team of Congressional legislators to champion a National Center for Campus Public Safety, VTV's advocacy has secured Congressional support for funding the Center in 2014. Learn more at www.VTVfamilyfoundation.org.
SOURCE VTV Family Outreach Foundation