HYANNIS, MASS. (WHDH) - It’s something we haven’t seen in more than two years– smiles, cheers and celebrations at the Best Buddies Challenge Finish Line in Hyannisport.

“I feel pumped! I’m amazed and I’m the fire speed!” said Best Buddies rider Ian Clemence-Schreiner from Team 603 Pride.

 It all started at JFK Library in Dorchester on a picture perfect morning.

“Look at that sunrise ladies and gentlemen!”, Anthony Shriver, founder of Best Buddies said at the starting line.

Shriver had a smile from ear-to-ear to kick off the bike ride.

“ I never saw COVID was coming when I started this 30 years ago. But you know God’s got a plan and He’s always challenging us, and I never expected all this to go on,” said Shriver.

Ride on we did! Some rode 100 Miles, the 7 News team 50 miles, all to raise awareness and funds for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 7 News is proud to partner with Best Buddies.

“Anthony Shriver’s energy and his passion for inclusion in the workplace for people with special abilities is incredible,” said WHDH 7 News Vice President and General Manager, Jimmy Rogers. 

“Everybody deserves a seat at the table, everybody has something to offer.  And Best Buddies is a support system that allows them to flourish,” said Shriver.

More than 700 bikers took in a delightful day riding by South Shore Lakes by the Cape Cod Canal and over the Sagamore Bridge.   Best Buddies worked with health experts to put strict Covid guidelines in place to keep everyone participating in these events safe. 

Once the pedaling was done, everyone kicked back at a New England clam bake put on by celebrity chef and honorary chair Guy Fieri. And I got to help out!

 “Why it’s important for you to be here?” asked Amaka Ubaka.

“All you have to do is meet the Buddies and get involved and you will instantly be a member of the family,” said Fieri.

A spectacular day for Best Buddies and their supporters. All told they raised about 4 million dollars for this amazing cause.

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