WESTPORT — Hundreds of people descended upon the Fairfield County Hunt Club Friday, July 29 for the Opening Ceremonies of the 9th Annual CT Challenge Bike Ride.

With a mission of supporting cancer survivors and helping them live happier, healthier lives, the CTC rolled out a comprehensive welcome for participants. The festivities, on the Hunt Club’s grounds at 174 Long Lots Road, included live music by The Talking Dreads, sliders and salad by Cinch Gourmet Market, pizza by the Big Green Pizza Truck, a beer garden, soft drinks from Newman’s Own, BMW displays and addresses by featured speakers Jeff Keith, founder & CEO of CTC; fundraiser Tom Lennox; and three-time cancer survivor Woody Roseland.