The popular CycleNation event returned to Buffalo on Thursday evening. The event, held at BAC for Women on Colvin, raised more than $50,000. For two hours, teams of four rode stationary bikes in a relay-style to help the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, fight stroke.
A press release noted, “Stroke is the nation’s No. 5 killer, and a leading cause of long-term disability. About 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke every year. That’s nearly the entire population of Erie County!”
Thursday’s event served as a kickoff for the CycleNation campaign. The main event at the ADPRO Sports Training Center will return this fall. The date and time, along with new details for the event, will be announced when they are available.
“CycleNation is a rally ride to educate and encourage our community to stay active and incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their daily routine,” said CycleNation Chairman Andy Davis, chief operating officer of Erie County Medical Center. “Cycling strengthens heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces cholesterol. Additionally, cycling increases brain function, processing speed and mental alertness. We are really proud of our work through CycleNation, and we know that through our local efforts we will be able to save countless lives.”
The press release explained, “Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke. To improve overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association American Stroke Association suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.”
CycleNation is a high-energy, indoor cycling event. Teams of four ride stationary bikes in relay format. Each team member rides for 30 minutes.
Throughout the evening, riders met stroke survivors and local celebrities. Teams raised money to help fund research, education and advocacy programs.
For information, visit CycleNation.org/Buffalo.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org, or contact any of its offices around the country. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.