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Is Key to Keys a Non Profit Organization?
Key to Keys is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The Ulman Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The UCF’s Tax ID number is 52-2057636.
What are the age restrictions?
Our participants vary in age! Our youngest participant to date has been 24 and our oldest has been 70 years old.
Where does the money raised go?
Key to Keys is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF). The money raised by our riders and support drivers supports our patient navigation programs at John P. Murtha Walter Reed Cancer Center, among other UCF programs.
How does cycling from Baltimore to Key West help 'fight cancer'?
The money raised by our K2K participants will support our vital programs and services such as patient navigation and the team helps raise awareness about the young adult cancer fight.
What kind of shape do I need to be in to participant in Key to Keys?
You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy Key to Keys. We emphasize that this experience is not a race, but in order to ensure the enjoyment of your trip to the fullest, it is important to assess your personal level of fitness before applying. To ensure all participants feel as comfortable as possible on Key to Keys, UCF provides a 12 week training program and safety manual for all to reference. Individuals who do not feel comfortable with the physical demands of cycling have an opportunity to apply as a support driver.
What are the fundraising minimums for participants?
The fundraising minimum for a rider is $4,500 and the fundraising minimum for a support driver is $1,000.
What is included in the fundraising minimum?
Each K2K rider and support driver is provided with 8 nights of lodging, meals, customized gear, a kickoff dinner in Baltimore, an arrival celebration in Key West, FL, bike shipment from Key West to your home (for riders), and a platform to make a difference! 
How big are the riding groups?
Riding groups will average 4 to 6 riders.
What kind of support do you offer while on the trip?
We completely support you both on and off the bike. We always have two volunteer/ staff drivers in our support vehicles. They’ll fill up your water bottles, provide proper direction and make sure everyone is enjoying their ride.
What bikes do we ride?
Whichever personal bike you bring on the trip. Road bikes are required.
What if I don't reach the fundraising checkpoints or minimum?
The fundraising checkpoints are put in place to ensure no participant falls behind in their fundraising. The fundraising minimum will cover all of your costs on the trip, as well as sustain our vital programming in support of young adults impacted by cancer. If an individual does not reach the minimum by the final deadline, he/she will be removed from the roster.
How do I train for this trip?
The UCF team helps by providing each rider with a 12 week training program, a platform to record miles, and encouragement to get miles in before send off! Each participant must ride a total of 550-650 training miles in preparation for Key to Keys. 
Do I have to carry my own luggage?
Riders will not carry their own luggage. All luggage will be held in the support vehicles while on route.
What is the role of a volunteer support driver?
The Key to Keys ride is a great experience that would not be possible without the help of our support staff. As a support driver, you will have a few daily duties: 1.) You will drive a suburban and lead your riding group or, 2.) You will help navigate your driver using a cue sheet that will be provided, 3.) and You will provide support and encouragement to your riding group for that day
What is the role of the multimedia volunteer?
Please check out our Multimedia Position Description for complete details.
What is the daily mileage covered?
Key to Keys riders will average anywhere from 40 to 60 on their bike each day. Riders who wish to participate will have the opportunity to complete at least one long mileage ride during the trip.
Are there any volunteer/ service opportunities on the Key to Keys trips?
All Key to Keys participants will have the opportunity to visit at least one cancer center, where they will distribute chemo care bags to patients while touring the facilities. Participants may also have the opportunity to distribute a UCF scholarship along the route to Key West.