CycleNation pedals into the Mohawk Valley!

Something new is coming! Ride the revolution with the American Heart Association at the first CycleNation™ event in the Mohawk Valley. The new CycleNation Utica will be held on November 7th at Thrive Athletic Center in New Hartford and is chaired by Albert Pylinski of NYCM Insurance.

“When I learned that CycleNation was coming to the Mohawk Valley, I was excited about the opportunity to lead this event and help stop the cycle of stroke and heart disease,” said Pylinski. “Together, we can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.  It makes perfect sense for us to bring this event to our area to fuel such an important cause.”

The American Heart Association, alongside national sponsor Amgen Cardiovascular, launched CycleNation™ in May 2016. The CycleNation Utica event will be the first of its kind in the Mohawk Valley and is locally sponsored by NYCM Insurance and media sponsor Roser Communications Network.

“CycleNation is a great way for us to engage with local companies and young people who are passionate about health and are looking for a way to give back” said Christine Kisiel, Executive Director with the American Heart Association.  “This event brings a new and exciting energy to our organization and we can’t wait to see it grow over the next several years.”

CycleNation is like a party on a bike! Teams of four will ride stationary bikes in relay format. Each team member rides for 30 minutes. Throughout the evening, riders will meet stroke survivors, local celebrities, and more. Once the riders are finished, they can enjoy a special celebration. Each team of four will be tasked with raising a minimum of $1,000 that will help fund research and education programs.

“Our hope is to raise $75,000 for our inaugural event” said Kisiel.  “Through CycleNation, we’re not only raising funds but, we’re getting communities moving for better brain health and teaching them how to respond to a stroke or heart emergency.”

Cardiovascular disease, including stroke is the No. 1 killer in the nation responsible for every 1 in 3 deaths.  Recent studies suggest that physical activity, like cycling, can help maintain strong brain function, processing speed, and mental sharpness. In addition, cycling is known to strengthen heart muscles, lower resting pulse and reduce cholesterol.

“Cycling aligns perfectly with our mission” said Kisiel.  “It not only can help prevent cardiovascular disease but can also aid in faster recovery for stroke patients”.

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