The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association presents the third annual Northern Nevada CycleNation™ on June 4 at Reno City Plaza. The fundraiser begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include food trucks, yard games, and music. The stationary bike sunset ride begins at 6 p.m. and lasts for two hours. CycleNation™ is nationally sponsored by Amgen and is locally sponsored by Carson Tahoe Health.
“Similarly to many Americans, heart health has impacted my life dramatically. My father passed unexpectedly due to a heart attack which has inspired me to become an advocate within our community,” said Abbi Whitaker, Chair of Northern Nevada CycleNation™. “As a regular cyclist, I love sharing my passion for health and wellness while raising awareness and proceeds for such a viable cause.”
“I think it is super cool to give back to the community,” said Luke Anderson, Honorary Co-Chair of Northern Nevada CycleNation™. “More people should go on bike rides, and not take for granted how special it is to be active.”
Participants have the opportunity to join the event as a company sponsor, community team or individual. Teams of four to eight members, as well as individuals, are tasked with raising a minimum of $1,000 to help fund research and education programs in Northern Nevada.
Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the No. 1 killer in the nation responsible for every one in three 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, lowers resting pulse and reduce cholesterol.
Northern Nevada CycleNation™ is made possible with the help of its sponsors, supporters and volunteer committee members: Abbi Whitaker, Luke Anderson, Travis Coombs, Cheryl Lewis, Stacie Huggins and Kristan Mihelic.
For more information or to register for the event, visit cyclenation.org/nevada.