Closer to Free Ride

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Health & Medicine
  • Sports & Recreation


PO Box 1849New Haven, CT 06508 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Since the first Closer to Free Ride in 2011, our riders, volunteers, sponsors and supporters have generated more than $26 million for the life-saving and life-changing work of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are also proud to say that one hundred percent of the funds raised by Closer to Free riders and volunteers directly supports research and patient care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.


The 13th Annual Closer to Free Ride will be held on September 9, 2023. The Ride starts and finishes at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT.

The Ride fuels research and care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center while giving riders of all levels the chance to experience five professionally-designed and fully-supported routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles long.

The Closer to Free Ride could not happen without the dedication and support of HUNDREDS of volunteers. If you’re not into pedaling, join us as a volunteer and share your energy and enthusiasm with our community. Volunteer opportunities are available to support the Pre-Ride check in event, at our Start/Finish Line (Yale Bowl) and on the Ride route (Road Crew).

We are in great need of Road Crew volunteers. It is a full-day commitment 6am-6pm. Most needed are sweeps, bus liaisons, caboose, route closure assistants, motorcycle safety volunteers, stationary marshals, as well as rest stop volunteers in Chester and Westbrook.

Volunteers will receive a CTF Ride volunteer t-shirt, tickets to be used in our Food Truck Village and two complimentary adult beverages in our Beer & Wine Garden (21+). Drinks and snacks are also provided.

There is no fundraising commitment for volunteers.

For volunteer opportunities and to register, please visit our website

Questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Alves -


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