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CycleNation Utica set to fight stroke, heart disease

Posted 8/31/22

The Mohawk Valley is ready to ride the revolution once again, fighting stroke and heart disease in a relay-style, stationary cycling event. 

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CycleNation Utica set to fight stroke, heart disease

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UTICA — The Mohawk Valley is ready to ride the revolution once again, fighting stroke and heart disease in a relay-style, stationary cycling event. 

On Thursday, Oct. 27, CycleNation will take place at Carbone Athletics at the Fitness Mill, 1707 Oriskany St. West, Utica. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and cycling goes on from 5 to 7 p.m.

There will be a celebration following the cycling at 16 Stone Brewpub. This year’s event will have a Halloween theme.

“Stroke is the No. 5 killer in America and a leading cause of disability,” said Christine Kisiel, executive director of the American Heart Association in the Mohawk Valley.

“One of the leading causes of stroke is high blood pressure and the Mohawk Valley Blood Pressure Initiative is helping Mohawk Valley residents identify whether they have high blood pressure,” Kisiel added.

“Combined with CycleNation, we are making real progress toward reducing stroke in our area. CycleNation is also a very energetic, upbeat event and with a Halloween theme this year, it will be even more fun than usual,” she said.

Officials say 32.7% of adults report having high blood pressure in Oneida County. In the City of Utica, that number rises to 34.2%. Those numbers are higher than the New York state average of 29.9%.

Participants can register for CycleNation at cyclenation.org/utica, then build teams of 4 to 8 people to cycle for as little as 15 minutes, or the entire two hours. Teams fundraise a minimum of $2,000 per bike to support the fight against stroke. 

For more information about CycleNation, contact Marianne Hagador at: Marianne.Hagadorn@heart.org or Renee Hartnett at Renee.Hartnett@heart.org.

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