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This year’s Dirty Dozen will raise money for Danny Chew, the event’s longtime coordinator and guiding spirit, after a bike accident left him paralyzed

This year’s annual Dirty Dozen race in Pittsburgh with raise money to help with Chew’s recovery. (Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images)

When 300 cyclists gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 26 for the grueling Dirty Dozen, the event will in many ways be an exact repeat of a bizarre sufferfest that's been celebrated annually since 1983. The riders will climb greater Pittsburgh's 13 steepest hills, with race points going to the fastest 10 men and 5 women on each climb. Victory will go to whoever scores the most points, cumulatively, on all the hills. The whole chilly 50-mile escapade will last about five hours.

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This bike jersey is for sale and costs $79.95. (Photo: Aero Tech Designs)

One thing will be different, though: the ride will be a fundraiser for race founder Danny Chew, who was paralyzed in early September.  

This year's race director, Jonathan Pratt, expects to give about $10,000 in entry fees towards Chew’s recovery. "I've been Danny's friend for about 40 years," he says, "and he's in a real bind now." Chew needs to pay off over $15,000 in uncovered medical expenses, buy a handicapped-equipped vehicle, and pay for a $100,000-plus renovation of his Pittsburgh home.  

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T-shirts are also being sold for $20. (Photo: Garbella)

A Dirty Dozen bike jersey with a picture of Chew is selling for $79.95, and a tribute T-shirt reading “Danny Chew Is My Spirit Animal” is available for $20. The proceeds from the sale of both shirts will go to Chew.  

Supporters can also donate to a website created by Chew's nephew, Stephen Perezluha, a 2011 Race Across America finisher.   


Filed To: BikingMountain Biking
Lead Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images
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