UK Red Empire State 500 put on hold due to Coronavirus

UK Red Empire State 500 put on hold due to Coronavirus

Rugby League Cares has postponed its most ambitious ever fundraising project, the UK Red Empire State 500, due to the ongoing global crisis surrounding Coronavirus.

The 500-mile sponsored bike ride from Niagara Falls to New York City was scheduled to take place between May 3 and May 10, with the 23 riders involved attending the Toronto Wolfpack vs St Helens fixture on the eve of their departure.

The riders include Rugby League legends Sam Burgess, Danny McGuire, Keith Senior, Nathan McAvoy, Robbie Hunter-Paul and Luke Burgess, as well as Canada Ravens captain MacKenzie Fane.

Chris Rostron, the Head of RL Cares, said: “It is with some sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone the UK Red Empire State 500.

“The ride will definitely still take place, hopefully later in the year, but only when it is safe to do so: the health and welfare of the riders and support staff is our main priority.

“We will be meeting the riders and the ride sponsors early next month to consider our options and what works best for everyone.

“In the meantime, I would like to thank all the people and organisations on both sides of the Atlantic who have provided invaluable help in planning the ride over the last few months and the people who have so far sponsored our riders to the tune of almost £12,000.

“The generosity and goodwill everyone has shown towards the charity demonstrates that that people appreciate the work we do supporting the wider Rugby League family.

“Once we are able to, we’ll be jumping on our bikes and setting off on the adventure of a lifetime to raise even more of the funds we need to continue making a positive difference in this great sport.”

Funds raised by Sam and Luke Burgess will be split between RL Cares and the Rob Burrow Fund, while money raised by Danny McGuire will be donated to the Mose Masoe Fund.