Ride the Pines

May 31, 2015 - All Day

JCC Camps, Medford, NJ

Calling all people of the bike, Philly style!

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Registration is now closed. See you on Sunday! We will be accepting walk-up registrations for $10 more than the online price.

Ride the Pines will start and finish at the JCC Camps in Medford, NJ. Join us for a day filled with beautiful bike routes through the Southern New Jersey area, vibrant pluralistic Jewish celebration, delicious and local food, learning, and community-building. The Philadelphia ride raises money for Hazon’s innovative programming in the Greater Philadelphia area, including our food justice work, educational initiatives, and sustainable food resources.

Announcing three new incentives! 

  • If you become a sustaining donor to Hazon, making a recurring monthly donation of any amount, we will refund half of your Ride the Pines registration to reflect the “Fundraising Rider” prices.
  • You can help us fundraise to support Hazon’s local programming while earning a limited-edition Ride the Pines jersey and discounting your registration fee. See the “Registration” tab for details.
  • If you register for Hazon’s New York Ride too, you will receive a discount equal to the amount of your Ride the Pines registration – like riding in Philly for free! Just use the code “liberty” when you register for the NY Ride.

Come as a Rider or Crew Member

Join us as a rider, and enjoy a day of cycling through the cedar forests, farmland, and local villages. We are also always looking for some great crew members who support the cyclists on the road.


Pedaling for a Healthy Planet

The Philadelphia Ride raises money for Hazon’s innovative programming across the Greater Philadelphia area including our Food Festival, educational initiatives, and sustainable practice toolkits for Jewish institutions.

For more information, contact the Philadelphia office at

Schedule Overview

7:00 – Registration opens and light breakfast served

7:30 – 65-mile route launch

8:30 – 42-mile route launch

9:30 – 19-mile route launch and breakfast closed

*Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled launch time*

12:00 – Lunch is served and  afternoon activities available

2:00 – Lunch ends

4:00 – Afternoon activities end. See you in November at the Hazon Philadelphia Jewish Food Festival!



Registration is now open. Last year’s ride sold out, so register early!

Registration includes a light breakfast, full crew support, rest stops, lunch, and family-friendly afternoon activities including swimming and boating.


Adults (27 and over): $65, or $36 if you select the fundraising option

Student/Young Adult (12-26): $36, or $18 if you select the fundraising option

Non-Rider: $36

Non-Rider Youth (12 and under): $18

Adult Crew: $18, or FREE if you select the fundraising option

Student/Young Adult Crew (12-26): FREE

Fundraising Option

We are pleased to introduce a fundraising option to Ride the Pines. This opportunity allows riders and crew to register at a discounted rate and raise funds to support Hazon Philadelphia’s local programming. As a fundraising incentive, you can earRTP jersey design finaln a first-run, limited-edition Ride the Pines jersey!

Adults (27 and over): $36 registration, with a $180 fundraising minimum, and a jersey at $360.

Student/Young Adult (12-26): $18 registration, with a $180 fundraising minimum, and a jersey at $360.

Crew: FREE registration, with $100 fundraising minimum, and a jersey at $180.

Select this option when you register for the ride, and we will set you up with a personalized fundraising page and details about the donation process.


Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

MOR Wealth V1

Bronze Sponsors and Food Donors

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The Route

Hazon’s Philadelphia Ride has much to offer both the novice and experienced cyclist.  The Hazon community is diverse, with riders of all skill levels from across the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. We are excited to offer three scenic options of 19, 42, and 65 miles. Click here for turn-by-turn guides to all three routes. Rest stops are planned at Nixon’s General Store, Chatsworth, and Batsto Village. *Routes and rest stops are subject to change.


Route 1

Distance: 18.9 miles

Elevation: + 272 / – 268 ft

 18 mi


Route 2

Distance: 42.3 miles

Elevation: + 651 / – 650 ft

42 mi


Route 3

Distance: 65.1 miles

Elevation: + 833 / – 833 ft

65 mi

Cycling Support

We have a short route briefing before our launch for all riders. Every rider receives a cue sheet with the turns of her/his chosen route, and all routes are marked with spray paint. When needed, we have additional signage or crew members to ensure that you do not miss tricky turns.


Rest stops are located along the route. They are fully equipped with water, snacks, energy drinks, bathrooms, and shade.

Each route is led by a lead rider who knows the route, and a “sweeper” follows behind the last rider of each group. We also have volunteer Ride Marshals, who are seasoned cyclists and can lend a hand.

In addition, we have mechanic vehicles available on the route and at rest stops. Our mechanics are on the ride to help with flats and mechanical issues. They are not here to provide tune ups to participants – you must do that on your own before the Ride.

We also have a team of volunteer medics who are available at each rest stop and first aid available in case of emergency. When deemed necessary, we also have a police presence for busier roads.


14537278526_d8ff1e371f_oThe ride includes a light breakfast, snacks and drinks at the rest stops, and a communal lunch when riders return. All food is kosher – vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available. Where possible we strive to use food that is locally produced and/or organic. Lunch will be a barbecue featuring kosher, pasture-raised meat from Grow and Behold.

During the ride, we plan rest stops spaced along all routes. Each rest stop has a variety of snacks, typically including energy bars, granola, salty chips, and fruit as well as water and energy drinks. We aim to provide organic and healthy snacks while recognizing the need for high-energy food for cycling. Each rest stop has shade and rest rooms.

Click here for Kashrut information and certificates for all the food we will be serving, and email with any questions about special dietary needs.


Who Comes to Hazon Rides?

People are drawn to Hazon Rides for a wide range of reasons. Some participants are serious riders, others have just picked up cycling to participate in the Ride.  Some participants come to the Ride looking to find a Jewish community that works for them and others come from well established Jewish congregations and enjoy connecting their faith and tradition to a natural place and sustainable practice. Some participants are life-long environmentalists who want to enjoy and safeguard our natural world and others are looking for some first steps toward becoming more environmentally conscious. We have always had a wide range of participants who return year after year for the Ride. For our second annual Philadelphia Ride, we are anticipating over 200 people!


Ride the Pines is much more than a ride – it’s a community experience with something for everyone to enjoy.

Since Ride the Pines has so much to offer non-cyclists, we are offering deeply discounted ticket types for crew members and other guests who want to participate in our community – to cheer on a partner or family member as they ride, spend time outdoors, and connect with the local Jewish community. You can join us a crew to help behind the scenes and at rest stops, or register as a non-rider and enjoy family-friendly activities at camp including environmental education from Teva, swimming, and boating.

Coming on Your Own

communityMany people register for the Ride on their own and meet people through training rides or other Hazon events leading up to the Ride. Friends, couples, individuals and families regularly participate. In past years, there has been a mix of people who come to the Ride on their own and people who come with family or friends. The Philadelphia Ride is a great opportunity to meet new people.

New Riders

You do not need to be super fit when you register, although it may be helpful to train, especially in the month leading up to the Ride. Last year, or riders ranged from tweens to 70-somethings, and riders of all physical abilities had a safe and fun experience. If you have never done 50 miles or more on a bike in a day, this is a great opportunity to do so in an incredibly supportive environment.


Teams are a great way to come to the Ride with friends or family, or to recruit groups from your school, synagogue or neighborhood. At other Hazon rides around the country, teams bring colorful energy to the ride, with creative names and great team spirit.

Here are a few reasons you might want to bring a team to the Philadelphia Ride:

  • You want to get to know other people at your institution. Teams often spend time riding together, which is a great way to meet people and try something new.
  • You want to bring creative Jewish programming to your community. The California Ride offers a new way to engage with the Jewish community and Jewish values that resonates for many people.
  • It’s a program that people of all ages can attend. Your team can include parents, grandparents and kids of all ages, and the Ride has room for them all.
  • It’s a great way to recruit your friends. Want some ride buddies for the road? Form a team together, and make it a group project.


This has been an incredible opportunity for me (and for so many other parents here) to share in our kids’ lives. Thank you so much for that – it’s incredibly unique.
—Rachel Rosen


Each year on our Hazon rides, a few teens ride and raise money as part of a bar or bat mitzvah project. The teens bring ruach, energy and inspiration to the Ride, as riders and as crew. They often bring their families to the Ride, and many times the experience is just as transformational for the parent as for the teen. Teen participation is genuine to Hazon’s commitment to inclusively broadening the range of voices and experiences that make up the Ride community. Youth must be at least 12 years old to ride.

Learn more about Teen programs at Hazon

Click to see Teen Rider Requirements

  • To be a rider, the minimum age is 12 years old before the first day of Ride. Interested in signing up a younger rider? Please contact Leah Lazer.
  • Riders ages 12-14 must ride with a parent or guardian at all times. This means that the guardian and child will ride on the same route, at the same pace, and should remain within 50 feet of each other on the course.
  • Riders and their parents/guardians or partners are responsible for staying together at all times. No youth rider is to ever ride alone. If found riding alone, the youth will be taken off route.

Click to see Teen Crew Requirements

  • Crew members who are 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while on crew. If both parents are cycling, the parents are responsible for finding a guardian to be with the teen crew member during the Ride.