Gearing Up for the 4th Annual Bike the Keys Challenge

 On Friday, April 21st, nine volunteer cyclists will take to their bikes to participate in the 4th Annual Bike the Keys Challenge, a 200-mile charity bike ride to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.  In its first three years this event raised over $30K.  This year the funds collected will be directly helping Club members in need, get reliable transportation to and from critical after-school care.

This fundraiser started in 2020 when three cycling friends were looking for a new South Florida bike adventure and way to raise money for the community during the pandemic. Founders Jack O’Shea, Zack Marcoux, and Yann Parrot got on their bikes in Key Largo, biked the 100 miles to Key West, then made the trip back to Key Largo two days later.  “Our first year was so much fun. You really appreciate the Florida Keys much more on a bike than driving down in a car,” said event founder Zack Marcoux.  “We really surprised ourselves with how much we were able to raise for charity and we knew as soon as we got off our bikes back in Key Largo that this was going to be an annual trip for us.”

The nine dedicated cyclists will be:

  • Zach Marcoux
  • Ally Furbay
  • Morgan Furbay
  • Jonathan Root
  • Hayden Radovich
  • Anthony Frison
  • Yann Parrot
  • John Fyfe
  • Jack O’Shea
  • Kevin O’Shea

Bike the Keys has nine riders and has secured sponsorship from health and wellness company Hit of Happiness, which provides individual coaching and corporate consulting workshops grounded in the science of happiness.  Each of the riders are competitively raising funds for their individual rides.

“Transportation is critical to ensure that students can access the programing they need as nearly 100% of students served by the Club do not have access to transportation,” said Jaene Miranda, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.  “The 2023 Bike the Keys Challenge is seeking to raise money to ensure all Club members have safe and reliable transportation after school to the Club.  It will eliminate the waiting list for children to attend the Club so all can have access to the Club’s life-changing programs.”

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