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Pirates Charities to host stationary cycling event on Federal Street

Debbie Coonelly and Susan Koeppen Co-Chair "Pedal for Pirates Charities" Event

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the "Pedal for Pirates Charities" event scheduled for May 12 from 1 to 5 p.m.  This unique 100-bike, non-competitive cycling event will take place on Federal Street outside of PNC Park prior to that night’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Houston Astros.

Fans are encouraged to take advantage of this exciting one-of-a-kind opportunity as local instructors will lead the outdoor stationary cycling event.  The program consists of four one-hour class sessions and participants have the option to either "buy" a bike for the entire four hours (for a donation of $200), or "rent" a bike by the hour (for $50 per hour).

Debbie Coonelly, wife of Pirates President Frank Coonelly, and KDKA-TV anchor Susan Koeppen will co-chair the event.  All proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities and the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s "Building Bridges" program.

"We are delighted to be partnering with the Y on this unique, outdoor event at PNC Park," said Bob Nutting, Chairman of the Pirates and Pirates Charities.  "Pirates Charities and the Y share a common goal of encouraging youngsters in our community to be active and develop healthy habits.  We greatly appreciate Debbie and Susan’s efforts and are looking forward to a terrific event."

"Pirates Charities and the Y have done a great job developing this event that is sure to be a wonderful afternoon promoting health and fitness, as well as raising money for two terrific organizations," said Rig Riggins, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh President and CEO.  "By participating in this event, we can lead by example and demonstrate that being active is good for you – and can also be a lot of fun."

Fans unable to ride in the event can still take part by electing to become a "Ghost Rider."  By raising money for the event, Ghost Riders become eligible for special prizes.  Ghost Riders and participants who raise the below, specified donations above their registration fee will be eligible to receive one of the following items:

  • Single ($50-$100):  A commemorative player photo autographed by a member of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Double ($101-$500):  A baseball autographed by a member of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Triple ($501-$1,000):  A baseball bat autographed by a current Pirates player of your choice PLUS one entry into a drawing for a three-month association-wide family membership to the YMCA.
  • Home Run ($1,001+): A Pirates jersey autographed by a current Pirates player of your choice, plus one entry into a drawing for a six-month association-wide family membership to the YMCA
  • Grand Slam (Single prize for the event's top fundraiser - must raise at least $1,000 to be eligible):  A one-year association-wide family membership to the YMCA, BodyMedia FIT CORE Armband (courtesy of BodyMedia) and Two (2) Lexus Club tickets to a future Pirates game (date to be mutually agreed upon).

All riders will receive a complimentary game ticket for the May 12 Pirates vs. Astros 7:05 p.m. game and a commemorative towel.  Plus, each hour, riders present will have the opportunity to win prizes including Pirates memorabilia, 3-month and 6-month memberships to Oxford Athletic Club for a family of four, BodyMedia FIT CORE Armbands and more.

To register or obtain complete race details, fans can log onto, or contact Jackie Hunter at 412-325-4776.

About Pirates Charities

Pirates Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on three core areas of youth health, fitness and education.  Since its inception in 2006, Pirates Charities has distributed more than $2.4 million to organizations and programs committed to improving the lives of children and adults. In 2011, the Pirates and Pirates Charities assisted more than 3,000 organizations.  To learn more about the Pirates’ positive impact in the community, visit

About the YMCA

The YMCA is the nation’s leading non-profit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The Y is dedicated to nurturing the potential of every youth and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support community. The organization works side-by-side with its neighbors every day to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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