Ride for Heart Health Planned in King Ferry

Ride for Heart Health Planned in King Ferry

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What does cycling, wine, and heart issues have in common?  Ride for Heart Health — an annual bike ride held at King Ferry Winery, maker of Treleaven wines, which benefits the Cayuga Heart Institute (CHI) at Cayuga Medical Center (CMC).

Heart disease remains the number one killer in America. This ride allows the CHI to partner with Peter Saltonstall, of King Ferry Winery, to expose the menace of heart disease with community education.

The ride is personal with Saltonstall. He told his story of surviving a near-fatal cardiac arrest to his neighbor, who as a passionate cyclist has participated in charity bike rides; the neighbor quickly suggested organizing a ride to get the word out about heart issues. The idea took root as the Aurora-based fitness group Barn Warrior Crossfit, signed on as a co-sponsor, and another neighborhood cyclist along with CMC and winery staff formed the organizing committee.

Wanting to keep the proceeds from the ride local, CHI was approached as the beneficiary of the funds raised. “The Cayuga Heart Institute was honored to be chosen as the beneficiary of Ride for Heart Health” said  President and CEO of the Cayuga Medical Center John Rudd, a life-long cycling enthusiast himself. “It’s through partnerships such as these where we can make headway in our fight against heart disease.”

The ride, now in its third year, has been very successful, attracting cyclists from across the Finger Lakes and as far away as Missouri. Says Saltonstall, who has recently taken up cycling as part of his new approach to heart-healthy living, “After my life-changing event, I wanted to share my experience and do something that helped others. With this ride, we’re raising awareness and money for a great cause. We’re excited to see it grow and be something that people really enjoy participating in.”

This year’s ride happens on Saturday, June 13, beginning at the winery in King Ferry and taking people through farm country, rolling hills, and backroads in the heart of the Finger Lakes, with beautiful lake views of both Cayuga and Owasco Lakes. 30, 50, and 70 mile rides are offered. The ride starts in the morning and upon return to the winery, cyclists enjoy a post-ride party that includes lunch, bands, free wine tasting, discussions with staff from CHI, and more. To register, go to Active.com and look for Ride for Heart Health; see www.rideforhearthealth.com for more information or email rideforhearthealth@gmail with questions.

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