First Leg of Hopewell Route to be Dedicated at Bristol-Myers Squibb Campus

2005 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope™ Riders Public Debut

HOPEWELL, New Jersey (May 31, 2005) — The first Hopewell Township leg of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, a multipurpose, recreational path that will run through public and private lands in Lawrence and Hopewell, will officially open to the community as part of a morning full of fun on Saturday, June 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Rain or shine, the actual ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and take place with other activities at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Hopewell Campus, 311 Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, Hopewell Township.

In addition to the public dedication, Lawrence Hopewell Trail Day festivities will feature the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope™ Team; the mascots of the Trenton Thunder and Titans; a bike decorating contest (decorations provided) and decorated bike parade (children ten and under are welcome to participate – helmets are required and kids must be accompanied by an adult); face painting; music; and free nutritional snacks and giveaways.

Schedule of Events

  • 09:00a.m. Gate Opens, Local Community Groups Exhibit, Face Painting Begins
  • 09:30a.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Dignitaries Speak
  • 10:00a.m. Tour of Hope ™ Team Relay Demonstration
  • 10:15a.m. Bike Decorating Begins at Main Stage
  • 10:40a.m. Decorated Bike Parade
  • 11:00a.m. Bike Decorating Contest Winner Announced
  • 11:05a.m. Hoola Hoop Contest
  • 11:25a.m. Bike Raffle Winner Announced

The June 11 event will mark the first time the 2005 Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope Team will appear together in public. The team, comprised of 24 cyclists who have been touched by cancer, will conduct relay rides around the Bristol-Myers Squibb loop road inside the campus off Pennington-Rocky Hill Road as a highlight of the community event. The cycling enthusiasts, who have been selected from nearly 1100 applicants, will spend the next four months preparing for a cross country ride with Lance Armstrong in the fall to increase awareness of the vital importance of cancer research and clinical trials.

This year’s Tour of Hope will begin in San Diego on Thursday, September 29, and conclude in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 8, with a grand finale celebration and public fundraising ride.

The idea for the Lawrence Hopewell Trail grew out of a grass-roots commitment to improve the quality of life for all who live or work in the Lawrence and Hopewell areas. When completed, the more than 20 miles of connected and accessible trails will help provide active and livable communities with more opportunities for recreation, health and fitness, transportation, and outdoor education.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation aims to enhance neighborhoods by planning, designing, implementing and maintaining a safe public system of biking and pedestrian trails, using the Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Educational Testing Service corporate sites as anchors.