Fairfax, Virginia will play host to the 3rd annual VTV GranFondo for campus safety. The event will be hosted by the VTV Family outreach foundation in the Mosaic District on October 5th, 2013 and the proceeds will go to the cause of school safety. The ride is also organized to help victims of mass tragedy apart from help improve school safety nationwide. There will be also an expo held near the finish area where one can expect to see exhibitions of vendors, food and music. Joseph Samaha, President of VTV said that the annual ride event is organized to create future awareness of the increasing challenges on campus and school safety and plans are afoot to expand the event to other major cities as National Campus Safety Awareness Day conducted annually. Organizers also urged people to show support by joining the show.
The Gran Fondos are cycling events that involve mass participation and long distance riding greatly popularized in Italy. The event is open equally to competitive and recreational cycling and riders will either take the 100-mile long route or opt for the 32-mile route and both will start and end in the highly innovative entertainment and retail community of Fairfax, Mosaic District, Virginia. Blacksburg, Virginia hosted the earlier editions of the VTV Gran Fondos. Event is open to all age groups interested in improving school and campus safety.
Several prominent teams participating in the event include VTV cycling team, Sandy Hook Riders and Team 26 featuring Monte Frank. Personal invitations were sent to U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Congressman Frank Wolf, Congressman Bobby Scott and Congressman Gerry Connolly and several other officials of the state. This will be the largest gathering for VT’s fans outside of Blacksburg and is expected to be shown on the 40 foot outdoor jumbotron if televised. Cycling enthusiasts of all ages are in for a lot of activities and this will also include the VT Alumni and local Virginia Tech football fans.