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WATERTOWN — The Alzheimer’s Association©, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter has finalized its course for the 19th Annual Ride to End Alzheimer’s. The ride starts and finishes in Devens, on Saturday July 18, and the course will include a ride through Ayer.

“Not only does the Ride to End Alzheimer’s raise critical funds for research and support of those living with the disease, it also showcases our beautiful countryside,” said Jim Wessler, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter.

“Hundreds of riders will be taking to the road with a determination to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” he said, “and for this one day, communities can also support the cause by cheering on the riders.” Wessler himself will make the ride, as he has for more than a decade.

More than 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The fatal disease of the brain has no cure yet, but the Alzheimer’s Association is the international non-profit leader in research for effective treatments and someday a cure.

Started by the Noonan family, the Ride to End Alzheimer’s has raised more than $3,000,000 for Alzheimer’s disease Research. Formerly called Memory Ride, the event grew from a small, family-inspired event to a cycling challenge attracting riders throughout New England and beyond.

For information about the Ride to End Alzheimer’s visit rtrendalz.org.