Morning Ride Out

About Ride For Life

The AIDS Ride For Life is a fully supported 102, 90, 42, 25 or 14 mile bike ride beginning in Ithaca, NY.   Indoor cyclists are joining us around many communities! We are all raising money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Every year, this landmark ride around Cayuga Lake in the beautiful New York State Finger Lakes Region  delivers a life-changing experience for hundreds of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels who are united in spirit by a common desire to do something altruistic. Whether you are considering your first ride or are a seasoned veteran, we want you with us at the AIDS Ride For Life 2017. You belong here.

Want a chance to combine a challenging route, beautiful scenery and what has been called one of the best supported Rides anywhere with a chance to make a difference?  Mark September 9, 2017 on your calendar and book your travel to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region for the 19th annual AIDS Ride For Life.  You can choose a 16, 27, 42, 85 or 100 mile route; all of which provide spectacular  views of Cayuga Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes.  Route support is fantastic with seven pit stops along the 100 mile route with hydration, food, medical assistance and multiple SAG (safety & gear) repair vehicles out on the road.   The Ride begins and ends in Ithaca, NY with all participants escorted back to the starting point in a Victory Parade just in time to enjoy closing ceremonies and a fabulous roast chicken or vegan/vegetarian dinner at Stewart Park.

This popular annual Ithaca/Southern Tier AIDS Program tradition brings together hundreds of riders, volunteers, and sponsors. The Ride has raised over $3.5 million for  STAP's eight county HIV/AIDS prevention programs and services throughout its fifteen-year history.  

Some people decide they will challenge themselves to get fit, to shed pounds, or to do something that is bigger than the sum of the parts.  “The Ride is a wonderful awareness builder for the cause – It is impossible to talk about the Ride with anyone without mentioning the word AIDS, and that helps us keep the subject in our minds, so we can work to solve the problem, not ignore it.  It identifies something that people have been  afraid of, haven’t understood  how to prevent or how to respond to it. “   ~ARFL Co-Founder Jerry Dietz

There have been great gains in prevention, dramatically dropping numbers of new infections across the globe, growing numbers of HIV-positive individuals gaining access to treatment and the continued advances in scientific research.  All reasons to be optimistic about eventually eradicating new cases of AIDS for future generations.  Make no mistake about the fact that HIV may be with us well into the future.  There is much to do. The money raised through the AIDS Ride For Life for the Southern Tier AIDS Program is critical for continuing the progression of prevention and education. Please join us for the Ride of your life!

About STAP

2017 marks our 33rd anniversary!  Founded in 1984, the Southern Tier AIDS Program provides supportive services to HIV+ persons and state of the art prevention education from 8 offices in an 8 county area. We work to create a world where HIV transmission is rare and those who are HIV+ lead healthy lives. We cultivate individual and community strengths to improve the public health. Our services focus on the health and well being of HIV+ persons and incorporate a harm reduction perspective and recognize that behavior change is a gradual process. As you know, many individuals in our community go without proper resources and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors attributed to HIV/AIDS. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, those living with HIV/AIDS are especially underserved. New York State is #1 in cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States. With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to help many of these individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but to work toward a brighter future as we provide supportive services to HIV positive individuals and state of the art prevention education. We will be able to continue our work to create a world where HIV transmission is rare and those who are HIV positive lead healthy lives. We walk together toward a future of renewed hope, caring and compassion. We believe that this shared hope will usher in the end of AIDS. Someday, when we look back on the steps that have been taken in the victory over AIDS, we will realize that we had to take these steps together.

2017 Ride Committee

Cindy Rotella, Ride Coordinator

Hannah Van Ostrand, Program Assistant

Jerry Dietz, Co-Founder

Russ Traunstein, Co-Founder

Adam Brumberg

Autumn Cook

Drew Noden




2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Jerry Halbert, President
  • Andrea Vaioli, Vice President
  • Larry Bailey, Secretary
  • Anthony Fiala Jr, Treasurer
  • Joyce Allen
  • Tina Chronopoulos
  • Erin Donnelly
  • Angelo Fiori
  • Melissa Klinko
  • Logan Robinson
  • Scott Rosman
  • Marsha Stock
  • Chris Waters