More than 5,400 cyclists took to the road this past weekend as part of the 33rd annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, according to an announcement from the PMC Monday.
The ride drew riders from 36 states, including nine riders from Norton, as well as nine countries to take part in the event. Norton riders were Rob Diestel, Paul Dombrowski, Abigail Greene, Susan Greene-Hellman, Michael Haskell, David Hellman, Brian Johnson, Scot Johnson and Bryan Medeiros.
Cyslists road up to 190 miles over the course of two days with the goal of raising $36 million to help fund research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Norton riders alone had the goal of raising more than $21,500.
The final sum raised will be announced in November, as donations will be accepted until Oct. 1. If the fundraising goal is met, the PMC will have raised a total of $374 million over the course of 33 years.
U.S. Senators John Kerry (MA-D) and Scott Brown (MA-R) and U.S. Army Chief of Staff (retired) General George Casey were among the 5,450 cyclists who rode.