CycleNation™ Pedals into the Upstate

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is pleased to announce that they are bringing CycleNation™ to the Upstate.  The event is scheduled for June 22 at CycleBar Greenville and is chaired by Leslie Haas with Haas Social. 

“When I learned that CycleNation was coming to Greenville, I jumped at the opportunity to lead the event” said Haas.  “Cycling is a passion of mine and the Upstate has one of the top cycling communities in the nation.  It makes perfect sense for us to bring this event to our area to benefit such an important cause”.   

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association alongside national sponsor Amgen Cardiovascular, launched CycleNation™ in 2016 with the first event taking place in Denver, Colorado.  Since then, the event has spread to over 40 markets across the United States.  The Upstate CycleNation™ event will be the first of its kind in South Carolina and is locally sponsored by Foster Victor Wealth Advisors. 

“CycleNation is a great way for us to engage with local companies and millennials who are passionate about health and are looking for a way to give back” said Kelly Wilkins, Executive Director with the American Heart Association.  “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”. 

CycleNation™ Pedals into the UpstateParticipants will have the opportunity to join the event as a company sponsor or as a community team.  Teams of four will be tasked to raise a minimum of $1,000 that will help fund research and education programs in the Upstate.     

“Our hope is to raise $50,000 for our inaugural event” said Wilkins.  “Through CycleNation, we’re not only raising funds but, we’re getting communities moving for better brain health and teaching them how to respond to a stroke or heart emergency”.

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.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.cyclenation.org/upstate. Companies interested in sponsoring the event can contact Mary Ellen Prophitt at 864-448-3789. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System serves at the local Life is Why Sponsor for the American Heart Association.

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