VeloSano Registration Opens T0 The Public

Registration for VeloSano, the annual cycling event to raise money for cancer research at Cleveland Clinic, is now open to the public.

Cyclists can choose either a one- or two-day cycling experience. The one-day rides range from 25 to 100 miles, while the two-day rides total 173 to 230 miles and include overnight accommodations. Each cyclist will commit to raising between $1,000 and $2,000 depending on the length of the ride selected.

Opening ceremonies will be held July 18, featuring a "Celebration of Cleveland" downtown. All riders will depart July 19. Routes will take all cyclists east along the lakeshore and through many of the scenic Cleveland Metroparks. The two-day ride will take cyclists into Erie, Pa., and back to Cleveland on July 20 with a stop at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva.

“Looking at the snow, it’s hard to believe we’re just six months away from the inaugural VeloSano ride when we expect to raise $3 million for cutting edge cancer research” said Stewart A. Kohl, Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Company and Event Chairman of VeloSano. “Over that weekend, thousands of riders and volunteers will not just complete an amazing event; we will launch a perpetual revenue source for research.  Anyone comfortable pedaling on two wheels or willing to roll up their sleeves to lend a hand and eager to fight cancer and save lives should join this movement.”

Since its inception in 1921, Cleveland Clinic has been at the forefront of cancer breakthroughs. Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists have developed new surgical techniques, discovered new treatments and uncovered key information about cancer cells that has resulted in significant changes in the way patients are screened, diagnosed and treated.

Cancer remains one of the most pressing health concerns in the United States. Approximately one in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Despite these statistics, government funding for cancer research has remained flat in recent years.

“Funds raised by VeloSano and its riders will help our physicians and researchers generate discoveries and explore novel therapies for treating cancer,” said Brian J. Bolwell, M.D., FACP, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. “We encourage all Northeast Ohioans to join the movement and consider participating in the event as a cyclist or a volunteer.”

VeloSano’s inaugural founding partners include the Cleveland Indians and The Donna M. and Stewart A. Kohl Fund at the Cleveland Foundation. Supporting partners are MCPc Family Charities, Inc., KeyBank, Jones Day Foundation and Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. The support of these partnering organizations ensures that 100 percent of funds raised by participants directly benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. 

For more information or to register as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer, log onto http://www.velosano.org

About VeloSano

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is more than another fundraising event. It’s more than a bike ride. VeloSano is a movement with the goal of bringing an entire community together to help one another. Dollars raised by VeloSano participants will provide sustainable funding to support cancer research. It will depend on the passion and energy of thousands of people who wish to advance our knowledge around cancer and ultimately, help caregivers provide the most personalized care to cancer patients and families. Whether you are an avid cyclist, a compassionate crusader, or a spirited fan, you can be a part of the VeloSano family. Thanks to the dedication of our sponsors, 100 percent of the proceeds raised through VeloSano will be carefully applied to cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.

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