The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) will hold their 2nd annual indoor cycling “CycleNation” event at Sportsplex Fitness in New Windsor on Thursday, February 28th. The goal of the event is to encourage Hudson Valley residents to use cycling to improve heart and brain health, while raising funds to continue the AHA/ASA’s vital community programs, research and advocacy efforts to end heart disease and stroke.
Riders will pedal to high-energy music and inspirational instructors in this 2-hour relay-style event. Each bike has up to five riders who ride a “relay” style race against other teams. Several local organizations are sponsoring the event, including: Holt Construction/After-Party Sponsor; Orange Regional Medical Center/Wipe Out Stroke Sponsor; Popcorners/Refueling Station Sponsor; and Bike Sponsors: Lynn Warren Landscaping, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Mobile Life Support Services, Healey Brothers, Jacobowitz & Gubits, Health and Wellness Partners, Orange Bank & Trust Company, and Medicine Chest Pharmacy.
Team honors will be awarded for fundraising, spirit and total distance. Teams often wear matching t-shirts and have cheering sections to inspire their teams. The event goal is $50,000. Funds raised will support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s research and programs. The AHA/ASA’s heart disease and stroke research funding is second only to the federal government.
According to the AHA, being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. 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, including cycling.
Online donations are being accepted at http://www2.heart.org/cntricounty Contact JoAnn Parker at 845-542-4580 or [email protected] for more information about sponsorships. Heart disease and stroke survivors are welcome to attend. The AHA’s Tri-County Heart Walk is set for Sunday, May 5th at Harriman State Park. Registration is open online at www.tricountyheartwalk.org.