The Ride

Fast Facts

  • Benefits Housing Works
  • Three days, 300 miles
  • Spectacular route from Cooperstown to New York City
  • Friday, September 14th to Sunday, September 16th, 2018
  • Fully-supported, clearly marked route, rest stops every 12-15 miles and support vehicles.
  • All riders must arrive at the Registration site by 4:30 pm on Thursday, September 13th
  • All meals, snacks and lodging included from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon
  • Everyone sleeps in hotels, two people per room
  • Registration is limited to 150 riders (so sign up now!)
  • $95 registration fee, $3,500 fundraising minimum
  • Training and fundraising support anytime from your Rider coach. Ask the coach a question.
  • For more information about BRAKING AIDS® Ride, contact Global Impact Productions at 212.989.1111
  • To learn more about Housing Works' programs, visit or call 347.473.7400.

But most importantly: BRAKING AIDS® Ride is the time of your life with the greatest people you'll ever meet. Together we can end AIDS!




Emotional Reward




Fundraising Minimum


We’re on the verge of something new and thrilling: the end of the AIDS epidemic. That’s not just rhetoric: In New York State, it’s both a goal and a plan – to end the AIDS epidemic in the state by 2020, and in the nation by 2025 – and thanks to the fearless advocacy of Housing Works and its partners, we’re on track to get there.

Together we can bring it home.

In 2018, BRAKING AIDS® Ride will feature an entirely new route. Beginning in Cooperstown, home to our national pastime, we will ride across the state to the capitol in Albany, through the Catskills and down the Hudson Valley, as we make our triumphant way into New York City and proclaim the approaching end of AIDS.

Now is your opportunity to be part of more than a movement. Help end the epidemic, once and for all. Joining is easy, and it’s one of the most powerful things you’ll ever do.

So are you ready to end AIDS? Together we can do it! Join BRAKING AIDS® Ride today. 

On The Ride

The road to the end of AIDS begins in Cooperstown! BRAKING AIDS® Ride begins on Friday, September 14, 2018. All riders must arrive by 4:30 pm on Thursday, September 13 for our Registration Eve activities; crew must arrive Thursday by 12:00 pm.


The ride begins at 6:30 Friday morning with a brief, moving Opening Ceremony. From there, you’ll ride 300 miles over the next three days. Your first day will take you up the Lake Otsego shoreline, along the Mohawk River, and into Albany. Your second day will begin with a moment of silence at the State Capitol before riding through the foothills of the Catskills with glimpses of the Hudson River. You’ll cap the Ride with a journey down the Hudson River Valley into New York City for our victory celebration.


On the ride, our extraordinary, volunteer crew will anticipate your needs as you ride. The route is amply marked and at tricky turns you’ll find crew to guide you safely through. Our sweep vans have a way of appearing when you need them. Every 12-15 miles you’ll find an “Oasis” – like a rest stop, but way more fun.


BRAKING AIDS® Ride will end with a closing ceremony on Sunday evening, September 16th. Invite your friends and family to celebrate your accomplishment! You deserve the ovation for a job bravely done.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Registration costs $95; each rider must raise $3,500. With our support, you’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll reach your goal—our average Rider last year raised over $7,000!

What is the terrain like?

Beautiful, historic, and challenging! The first half of Day 1 is largely spent on two-lane country roads. In the afternoon you’ll make your way to the Mohawk valley and a paved trail as you approach Albany. Your second day features glorious scenery on back roads in the foothills of the Catskills. Your final day takes you over hill and dale to the Hudson River Valley, with afternoon paved trails as you approach New York City. (Route is subject to change.)

May I pick my own roommate?

Absolutely! If you already know who your roommate is, please indicate that on your registration form. Otherwise we'll pair you up with a person of the same gender.

How much of the money will go to Housing Works?

We work very hard to keep production expenses as low as possible by soliciting sponsorships, donations, and discounts for supplies. In 2017, the riders and crew returned $310,000 to Housing Works. Ultimately, the amount of money, and the percent return, depends upon how many people ride and how much each rider raises.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, all participants must be at least 18 years old by the start of the Ride. 16- and 17-year-old riders may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian; please contact our office for details.