Buffalo CycleNation: Create Your Own Adventure to help fight stroke

A new CycleNation experience is coming to Western New York.

 The popular CycleNation event is back, but with a new digital format for 2020. Instead of a one-day event, CycleNation is now a 6-week challenge. The new format allows CycleNation to expand to more participants, including those who may not have access to a bike.

The CycleNation: Create Your Own Adventure Challenge will kick off on September 15th. Each week, teams will get the details of a surprise weekly challenge. Teams will earn points based on those challenges and on team members’ fundraising. Participants can bike, walk, run, skip, jump, dance or move however they want to compete.

The 6-week challenge will culminate on World Stroke Day on October 29th with the One CycleNation celebration. This digital event will unite CycleNation participants across the country to raise $1 million and achieve 1 million miles of physical activity.

Team captains and participants can register for the CycleNation Challenge at www.CycleNation.org/Buffalo.

“Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community to fight stroke and heart disease,” said Dr. Elad Levy, CycleNation co-chairman and Co-Director of the Kaleida Health Stroke Center. “We do this by staying active and choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. I personally appreciate your support for CycleNation Buffalo, and hope to see all of you participating.”

 The goal of CycleNation is to use cycling and other exercise activities to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s vital community programs, lifesaving research and advocacy efforts to end heart disease and stroke.

Being physically active is key to preventing heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, with stroke being the No. 3 killer in Western New York. To improve overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.

CycleNation is nationally sponsored by Amgen and locally sponsored by Dent Neurologic Institute, Elderwood, KeyBank, M&T Bank, Medtronic, Mobile Primary Care, Jacobs Institute, Thurman Thomas Family Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Rich Products, UBNS, Rise Fitness, Rebel Ride, Revolution, Jada Blitz Fitness, Karter Secrest & Emery, LLP, and media sponsors WGRZ and Buffalo Healthy Living.