Event Day Essentials

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Rd
Paramus, NJ 07652

Event Day Check-In and Schedule
Community Festival
Age Restrictions
Bike Rentals
Important Ride Information
Cycling Rules of the Road
What to Bring
Driving and Parking Directions
Bike and Run Routes


Check-In and Packet Pick Up are in the Buehler Challenger & Science Building in Parking Lot C. All events start/finish in Parking Lot C. All Support and Gear (SAG) and Road Services will be over by 1:00 pm.

Go the Distance for Autism will be held rain or shine so dress accordingly.

50 Mile Ride
Check-In, Packet Pick Up and Breakfast: 6:30 -7:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 6:50 am
Departure: 7:00 am

Riders will have fully stocked rest stops (snacks, energy bars, fruit, energy drink, water).

Estimated First Rider Finish: 10:15 am
Estimated Last Rider Finish: 12:30 pm

10 Mile and 25 Mile Ride
Check-In, Packet Pick Up and Breakfast: 7:00 - 8:30 am
Opening Ceremony: 8:45 am
Departure: 9:00 am

25 Mile Riders will have fully stocked rest stops (snacks, energy bars, fruit, energy drink, water).

25 Mile Riders must leave the rest stop at Harrington Park Public School by 11:00 am or you will be taken in a SAG vehicle to the finish.

Estimated First Rider Finish: 10:45 am
Estimated Last Rider Finish: 11:30 am

There is no rest stop for the 10 Mile Riders. Riders can get snacks, energy drink, water before departing.

Estimated First Rider Finish: 9:50 am
Estimated Last Rider Finish: 10:15 am

5K Fun Run 
Check-In, Packet Pick Up and Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 am

Opening Ceremony: 9:00 am
Departure: 9:15 am

The 5K is 2 laps. Participants have the option of completing 1 lap (3K) or 2 laps (5K). All runners/walkers must be finished by 10:45 am. Strollers are welcome.


The Community Festival is open from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Entry is $20 for adults 18 and older, $10 for children ages 3-17, and free for children under 2 years old. Entry to the Community Festival is included for all registered Bike and Fun Run participants.



Bike Ride Age Restrictions


Participants 16 and older may ride unaccompanied.


Participants 11-15 must ride accompanied by a parent or guardian


Participants 10 and under are not permitted to ride (children of all ages are permitted to participate in the run/walk).



5K Fun Run Age Restrictions


Participants 13 and older may run/walk unaccompanied


Participants 12 and under must run/walk accompanied by a parent or guardian 



*all participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian


Check back here for more information.


The SAG and Event Contact # is 984-260-8589. You can call or text but please be patient as it may take the vehicle a little time to get to your location. In the case of a serious injury or emergency please dial 911 first. We do recommend you carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency or if you need of SAG support. If you must use your cell phone, we ask that you stop safely on the side of the road to do so.


You must wear a helmet at all times. The helmet must be secured under your chin.

Follow the law - Your safety and the safety of others depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going. Use the designated bike lanes where possible.

Be predictable - Make your intentions clear to motorists and other road users. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

Be conspicuous - Ride where drivers can see you; wear bright clothing. Use a front and/or rear blinking lite. It’s the law. Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t ride on sidewalks.

Pay attention - For your safety and the safety of your fellow participants we ask that you do not use headphones (including Bluetooth), iPod, selfie sticks, cell phones, or other such devices.

Think ahead - Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other bicyclists will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and utility covers. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

Be considerate - Please do not litter. 

Ride ready - Check your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release wheel levers are closed. Carry repair and emergency supplies appropriate for your ride.

Ride safe -  Wear a helmet. Please be reminded that child cycling trailers, bike seats, and child carriers of any kind are not permitted.  


  • ID (in a plastic baggie or other protective material)
  • Sunscreen
  • Helmet
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Water bottle (to stay hydrated)
  • Snack (if you have dietary restrictions)
  • Strollers are welcome


Via Route 17 from the North

  • Turn Right off Route 17 onto Ridgewood Avenue (west) to Paramus Road.  Turn Left onto Paramus Road and continue approximately two miles to college.  Proceed around jug handle to main entrance.

Via Route 17 from the South

  • Take Century Road, second exit to the right.  Proceed around cloverleaf over Route 17 onto Century Road (west).  Continue to Paramus Road.  Turn right onto Paramus Road and follow to the college entrance on the right.

  • Go the Distance directional signs will be placed around the campus grounds to guide drivers.

  • Parking for Riders, Volunteers and Community Festival guests is located in Event Parking Lot A, Surface Lot and Parking Deck and in Event Parking Lot B as noted on the site plan.

  • Handicap Parking is available in Lot C.  Follow signs for handicap parking.

See the parking site plan below:


Riders can choose from 10, 25 or 50 mile routes.  Please make sure you chose the distance that is appropriate for your skill and fitness level. Mileage is approximate. Click on the links below to download the map and other route information.

10 Mile Ride

The ride is mainly flat with little elevation gain.  The ride travels though the quaint borough of Ho-Ho-Kus, in addition to Ridgewood and Paramus. View 10 mile route >>

25 Mile Ride

This ride is for the intermediate riders. We’ll pass scenic reservoirs while increasing the mileage and adding some challenging short climbs.  There is 1 rest stop on the 25 mile route.  1050 feet of climbing. View 25 mile route >>

50 Mile Ride

This ride is for the experienced cyclist. As on the 25 mile route, we’ll ride past scenic reservoirs and on quiet country routes. Passing through small boroughs before traversing the open roads in Franklin Lakes. The climbs and elevation increase on this route.  There are 3 rest stops on the 50 mile route. 2200 feet of climbing. View 50 mile route >> 

5K Fun Run

The 5K is 2 laps of a flat and scenic route that traverses Bergen Community College. Participants can choose either to run or walk 1 lap (3K) or 2 laps (5K). View 5K Run/Walk route >>