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Rugby League Cares will be in attendance at Lamport Stadium for the game as they prepare to embark on the fundraising adventure of a lifetime: the UK Red Empire State 500. In the days following the Wolfpack v St Helens fixture, a group of 20 riders will push themselves to the limits as they ride from Niagara Falls to New York City.
The 500-mile off-road cycling journey will see riders braving the North American landscape as they spend six days in the saddle. Flying out of Manchester of Friday, May 1, participants will take in the Wolfpack’s match with St Helens before travelling to Niagara Falls to officially begin their remarkable adventure under their own steam.
Fans at Lamport Stadium will be able to donate in person to the Rugby League Cares team, receiving in return a special edition pin badge to mark the momentous occasion. The travelling Rugby League Cares contingent will also be warmly invited to the away fans Friday night welcome at Northern Maverick on May 1.
Rugby League legend Sam Burgess has recently confirmed his commitment to the cause after finding himself inspired by the courage of Rob Burrow, the Leeds Rhinos and UK veteran dealing with a motor neurone disease diagnosis. A veteran of over 300 professional appearances, Sam will fly in from his home in Sydney to attend the Super League fixture before saddling up for the long ride.
Concluding on Friday May 8 as riders roll into the iconic Central Park, the Empire State 500 is an ambitious fundraiser and Rugby Care’s Chris Rostron spoke of his excitement: “The Empire State 500 is going to be one tough, exciting and unforgettable experience for everyone who takes part. Building on the success of Ride to Wembley, we wanted to create a challenge that reflected the pioneering spirit of Rugby League, and the Empire State 500 does just that.”
Toronto Wolfpack VP, Commercial Jon Pallett can’t wait to welcome Rugby League Cares to Toronto: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Rugby League Cares in this way and know that the Empire State 500 will be a huge success.
“With a long history of organising wonderful events such as this, Rugby League Cares do incredible work everywhere they go and we are delighted to have them in Toronto in May.”