The American Heart Association is pleased to announce its inaugural CycleNation™ event for Southern and Western Maine. This digital experience will begin December 28th with a month of tracked fitness activities and fundraising, concluding with a digital celebration on January 28, 2021.
Starting on December 28th, participants can track their activity by downloading the CycleNation app or using Strava when signing up. Activities could include stationary biking, or outdoor winter activities such as snowshoeing, fat-tire biking, Nordic skiing or whichever activities will keep participants engaged and active. The goal is to challenge themselves by selecting an activity goal to keep them moving during the winter and a fundraising goal to support the Association in Maine.
“CycleNation is a way for you, your coworkers, and family to get active and support the work of the Association,” said Katie Rooks, the Maine Association’s Event Director. “No matter the season, and especially during the pandemic, we encourage everyone to stay active and exercise to decrease the chances of stroke and heart disease.”
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.
“When I learned that CycleNation was coming to Southern Maine, I jumped at the opportunity to get involved” said Tim Connery, a Portland stroke survivor and avid bicyclist. “Cycling is a passion of mine and Maine has such a great cycling community. It not only can help prevent cardiovascular disease but can also aid in faster recovery for stroke patients.”
Stroke is a leading cause of debilitating disease in the U.S., and it is the No. 2 cause of death in the world. By working together, participants can help ensure that fewer patients and their families will suffer from this largely preventable disease. The CycleNation™ event will be the first of its kind in the area and is locally sponsored by Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Point Health Care, as well as Gorham Savings Bank, St. Joseph Hospital and 101.9 POR.
“Join CycleNation with a team or by yourself and make a difference in the brain and heart health of all Mainers,” said Rooks. “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. Together, let’s move to make a difference in the lives of the people we love.”
For more information or to register for the event, visit Heart.org/Maine.