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Thousands ride in Massachusetts for cancer research

The Pan-Mass Challenge started Saturday morning. The Pan-Mass Challenge is a two-day charity bike ride starting from Sturbridge and other locations and finishing in Provincetown. Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — More than 6,000 riders ranging in age from 13 to 84 are taking part in the Pan-Mass Challenge to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Organizers hope to raise at least $46 million this weekend to add to the $500 million that’s been raised for cancer treatment and research since the annual event began in 1980.

The first wave of cyclists left Sturbridge early Saturday morning. Some will ride more than 190 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown over two days, but others will navigate a variety of shorter rides of one-or two-day durations.

Organizers say hundreds of riders and volunteers are cancer patients or survivors.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who survived childhood cancer, is scheduled to speak to departing riders from Babson College in Wellesley on Sunday.