Welcome to the RideForAlzheimers.com site!!

Twenty-five years of cycling effort has taken me over 15,000 miles across our beautiful country. Donations to the Alzheimer Association have exceeded $443,000.

Thank you all for your prayers, donations, and kind words over the years!

Alzheimer's Disease Resources:

Dear Friends,

My name is John Clark. My mother, Ruth Vivian Clark passed away from the Alzheimer's disease in 2004 at age 96. I have been doing long distance cycling rides in her memory since 1999, and raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association, CT chapter.

This year's cycling effort will be a single day 27 or 33 mile group ride in South Eastern Connecticut. Experienced Cyclists are welcome to join me.

Ride start is Sunday, August 20, 9:00 am at the Park & Ride commuter parking lot, at the intersection of Route 1 and North Main Street in Stonington, CT.

You can make a donation online, or mail checks made out to "Alzheimer's Association" to:

Ride For Alzheimer's
P.O. Box 574
Gales Ferry, CT 06335

Highlights from some previous rides and events:
Gales Ferry's John Clark prepares for 25th annual ride for Alzheimer's awareness , NBC 30, Aug 16, 2023
80-Year-Old Gales Ferry Man Prepares for 24th Annual Ride to End Alzheimer's , NBC 30, Aug 7, 2022
Fox61 Interview, July 24, 2019.


The Ride For Alzheimer's joined the Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter to attend the Public Policy Forum in Washington, DC on March 23-25. This was an excellent opportunity to speak directly with our elected officials, and show them why Alzheimer's support needs to be considered a national healthcare priority.

In the photo above, I'm meeting with none other than Maria Shriver, who is just terrific with her dedication to this cause.

Click to visit the Public Policy Forum website.

I was honored to speak at the Stone Ridge Senior Living Community in Mystic, CT on May 9th. The presentation included highlights of the longest Ride For Alzheimer's ever, my 2100+ mile ride from San Francisco, CA to St. Joseph, MO. Former Pfizer researcher, Bob Nelson spoke about commonly available, yet oft-overlooked ways to help prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney was kind enough to attend this event. Also pictured: Trish Clark (L) Executive Director CT Alzheimer's Association, and my wife, Donna (R).


NBC30 (WVIT) had a great interview as I rolled into our hotel in Connecticut - click here to see the whole thing

NOTE: File size is over 14MB. Please be patient! Right-click and Save-As to keep a copy for yourself.

The Rock 106.9 WCCC's Sebastian in the Morning radio show was nice enough to have me on twice. I have to thank Sebastian, Pete, Mary and everyone at WCCC for that opportunity. Click here for the second interview, just a couple days after I got home.

NOTE: File size is about 4MB. Run time is approx. 5 min, 30 sec.

A worldwide quest is under way to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association has been involved in every major advancement in Alzheimer's research since the 1980's and is a leader in the global fight for a world without Alzheimer's. Hopefully, with high expectations from new research, a cure for this terrible disease will be there for your family or someone you know and care about.

2023 Donation Request Letter

Previous Rides

2021-23 - 27 or 33 mile Southeastern Connecticut Tour


2019 - 33 mile Southeastern Connecticut Tour. (2020 canceled due to Covid-19.)


2018 - Southeastern Connecticut Tour. Two rides, 27 or 40 miles, 3rd Saturday in August


2015, 2016, 2017 - Southeastern Connecticut Tour. 41 miles, 3rd Saturday in August


2014 - Southeastern Connecticut Tour. 250 miles, August 17 - 23

2013 - Eastern Connecticut Tour. 400 miles, August 13 - 20

2012 - Southeastern Connecticut Foliage Tour. 170 miles, October 11 - 15

2011 - I did not do a ride this year due to prostate cancer surgery. However, $18,500 was raised.

2010 - 960 mile East Coast ride from Washington D.C. to Jacksonville, FL. (Aug 24 - Sept 8)

2009 - 700 mile Blue Ridge Parkway Tour, Charlottesville, Virginia - Shenandoah Valley Ride.

2008 - A shorter, yet very challenging 670 mile East Coast Ride from Portsmouth, NH to Washington, DC

2007 - An AMAZING 1450 Mile West Coast Ride from Portland, OR to Los Angeles, CA

2006 - 560 Miles, east from Niagara Falls to the Atlantic Ocean

2005 - Longest Ride Ever! 2116 miles from San Francisco, CA to St. Joseph, MO

2004 - A wild 1750 mile ride down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, LA

2003 - Northern States Ride, 2000 miles from the Astoria, Oregon to Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2002 - Sioux Falls, SD to Niagara Falls,NY - 1050 miles in all (second tour)

2001 - Sioux Falls, SD to Niagara Falls,NY - 1050 miles (first attempt)

2000 - 1023 mile ride from St. Joseph, MO to Erie, PA

1999 - First RFA! 620 mile ride from Erie, PA to Portsmouth, NH

Links &
Contact Info

Email John:

How Alzheimer's Association funds are used:

Thanks go to:

Airbrush Works
in the Crystal Mall,
Waterford, CT
Call Tamer

  • Johnson's Hardware in Groton, CT

  • Valentino's Restaurant, Ledyard, CT

  • Vetrano's Restaurant, Westerly, RI

  • Alzheimer's Association
    Connecticut Chapter

  • Pequot Cyclists
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