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Sanford’s Ride to Freedom

May 18 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click here for Emancipation Day Festival

This event isn’t just a bike ride! It is a journey through our community’s rich history.

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in the Southern states. It was not until May 20, 1865 that the state of Florida was finally freed and the Emancipation Proclamation was actually in effect. 
In celebration of this historic date in Florida, this ride will take you through some incredible black communities and historic buildings that help shape Central Florida. Participate in the 3rd Annual Ride to Freedom – Sanford, FL, on May 18, 2024.

12, 25, 50 Mile options. Different paces will be available. Food and festivities will also be provided after the ride.  Be sure to stay for the Florida Emancipation Celebration following the ride at Historic Hoppers Academy!

Take a journey through our rich history passing through some incredible historic buildings and communities to celebrate Florida’s Emancipation Date.

  • The bike ride will begin & end at the Historic Hopper Academy at 7:00 AM – back in time to join the celebration!
  • Every registered rider will receive a complimentary Ride to Freedom t-shirt, snack & drinks before and during rides (sag stops), and lunch at Hopper’s Academy.

Choose Options:

  • 12 Miles
  • 25 Miles
  • 50 Miles

Cost to participate:

If booked by March 31        $38
If booked by May 4              $45
If booked by May 17            $50
Booked on May 18               $60


RIDE GOALS: Enrich the community about the history of Sanford while providing an opportunity for cyclists to take a journey through remarkable black historic buildings and communities in the celebration of Florida’s Emancipation Day.

Charitable Cause: Get Sanford Cycling – a 501c(3) charitable organization

Inspire and empower all children in our community to lead healthy, active, and goal driven lives through cycling.
Through opportunities such as:
•Fun community rides
•Complimentary bike maintenance & service
•Workshops for riding, safety & etiquette, maintenance & more
                                                     *All proceeds from the ride and event will be donated to this cause.

In celebration of this historic date in Florida, this ride will take you through some incredible black communities and historic buildings that help shape Central Florida.

•Hopper Academy: Historic African American School built-in 1906 in Historic Georgetown Community; a community established by early black pioneers in 1870.
•Sanford RiverWalk: This trail started in 1995 as an idea for a sidewalk along the shores of Lake Monroe but has turned into a multi-use pedestrian trail and destination.
•Goldsboro: The 2nd African American incorporated city in the United States, founded by William Clark in 1891, brother of Joseph Clark, founder of Eatonville.
•Crooms Academy: Seminole County’s first high school for African-American students was founded in 1926 by Joseph N. Crooms, currently serving as the Crooms Academy of Information Technology.
•Historic Winwood Rosenwald School: Winwood is a historic African-American community and home of the Rosenwald School, one of a number of rural Southern schools opened during segregation by Julius Rosenwald to educate African-American students.
•Eatonville: The 1st African American incorporated city in the United States, founded by Joseph Clark in 1887.

Join the Florida Emancipation Day Celebration immediately following the bike ride at Hopper Academy.

Be A Part of Sanford’s Ride To Freedom!

This unique event, organized to foster awareness and unity, will allow cyclists to journey through Central Florida’s rich history.

Volunteers Needed

In order to make this ride a success, we need our communities help! There are different volunteer opportunities to take part of this historic ride. You may volunteer for more than one opportunity if you have the time.Click here to check out the volunteer opportunities and sign up.

Sponsorships Needed
Our efforts would go even further with you as a sponsor. A sponsorship would be your opportunity to be part of this historic event that celebrates our diverse community while encouraging cycling as a healthy social activity!  In this role, your business would provide monetary donations, and in turn, we would promote your company as an official event sponsor.

Sponsorship Information

Link here to learn about the sponsorship opportunities: 2024 Sanford’s Ride to Freedom Sponsorship Packages.


Contact Brenda Urias — Owner, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
229 Magnolia Avenue
Sanford, FL 32771


May 18
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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