More than 150 cyclists slipped into their Spandex and pedaled from Atlanta to middle Georgia and back this weekend to raise money for HIV non-profits and to find a vaccine.
The 17th Annual AIDS Vaccine 200 kicked off early Saturday morning at the Emory School of Medicine for a 200-mile ride to Eatonton. Riders returned from their trip on Sunday for a much-deserved closing party at Emory.
While the ride ended Sunday, the participants will continue fundraising through June, and the total amount raised will be announced at a check presentation party this summer. In the 16 years before, the event has raised nearly $3 million to benefit Emory Vaccine Center, AID Atlanta, AIDS Athens, Jerusalem House, Positive Impact Health Centers and Hero For Children. All funds raised by the riders go to the beneficiaries.