Million Dollar Bike Ride

The Million Dollar Bike Ride brings over 500 cyclists and volunteers to Penn’s campus to ride either 13, 34, or 72 miles starting in the city, and ranging across the Greater Philadelphia region.  In four years, the MDBR’s 25+ teams have funded over $6.4 million for rare disease research in partnership with the ODC. We ensure that 100% of the funds raised goes towards these pilot grants, with no overhead taken out.


Registration for the 2018 5th Annual Million Dollar Bike Ride is now OPEN!

The ride will take place on Sunday, May 20th at 7:30am and will begin at Highline Park on 31st Street and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

Check out the 2017 Million Dollar Bike Ride Video! 

Million Dollar Bike Ride 2017

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The ODC is proud to partner with 25+ disease teams made up of patients, caregivers, foundations and family members who tirelessly raise much-needed funds for research grants.   Learn more at 

art contest flyer

Deadline extended to Friday, February 9th!

Attention all MDBR riders, volunteers, and friends!

The Orphan Disease Center is excited to host its first Million Dollar Bike Ride Art Contest! The MDBR Art Contest is open to all members of the rare disease community: patients, caregivers, friends and family members. 

Entries will be judged through  an internal panel, and a total of 6 winners will be selected. Winners will receive FREE registration for the 2018 Million Dollar Bike Ride and a complimentary MDBR cyclist jersey! (You can use this free registration for yourself, or gift it to a friend or family member.)

Artwork of any medium is eligible (paintings, drawings, photographs, digital art, sculpture, etc.) as long as you can submit a high-resolution digital image/photo of the work, at least 300 dpi. Use your artwork to tell a story about your rare disease experience. This is open to interpretation - be creative! Each artist can submit ONE entry.

There are three categories: Children (up to age 11); Teens (ages 12-18); Adult (19+).

All submitted artwork will be displayed in a slideshow at the 2018 MDBR, and at our Rare Disease Day event in February, 2018. The 6 winning entries will also be printed and permanently installed in the offices of the Orphan Disease Center.

Entries can be submitted using this form, starting today. All submissions are due by the end of the day on February 9th, 2018. An internal panel will judge the entries once submissions have closed. See PDF for a full description of contest rules and requirements.

For questions about the art contest, please email Samantha Miller at