Indoor Cycling Event, The Ride, Celebrates 15th Year

Participants of all ages and activity levels participate in The Ride each year to show their support for heart and vascular health along the Lakeshore. (photo credit: The Office of Philanthropy.)

Annual event benefits Heart & Vascular Services at Mercy Health Muskegon

A unique, indoor biking event benefiting Heart & Vascular Services at Mercy Health Muskegon, The Ride, celebrated its 15th year on March 9, 2019. To date, The Ride has seen more than 4,800 riders participate, 55,000 miles ridden and more than half a million dollars raised.

Each year, more than 450 people participate on eight-person teams, with hundreds of additional fans cheering as participants ride to promote cardiovascular fitness and healthy lifestyles in West Michigan. All ages and any skill level are welcome to participate.


The Ride proceeds support three programs: Heart & Vascular Services at Mercy Health Muskegon, Mercy Heart Center scholarships for cardiac rehabilitation patients, and the High School Student Heart Screening Program.

“As a health care system, we do more than provide exceptional medical services,” says Gary Allore, president of Mercy Health Muskegon and participant in The Ride. “We strive to improve the overall health of our community, and The Ride encourages community members to get involved with us in a day of heart-healthy activity and raise support for cardiovascular services that directly help our community.”

Event overview of The Ride 2019, held at L.C. Walker Arena, downtown Muskegon, Mich., for the first time. (photo credit: The Office of Philanthropy.)

This year, Rob Casalou, president & CEO, Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, also participated in the event, sparking a friendly competition between his team, Team Joe’s, and Allore’s team, T.D.-No Training Required.

In 2019, the event was held at a new location, the L.C. Walker Arena, in downtown Muskegon, Mich.









Rob Casalou, left, with Gary Allore, right, after they have shown their support for The Ride. (photo credit: Patrick Hoban)

“We were very excited to host The Ride in this new venue, as the L.C. Walker Arena has given this event new energy and has attracted several different teams that we haven’t had before,” said Megan Akselberg, Annual Gifts and Events Coordinator, Mercy Health.

Special thanks to 2019’s Summit Sponsors, 13 ON YOUR SIDE and L.C. Walker Arena, and all the other sponsors for their support of this event. Mercy Health Muskegon’s Office of Philanthropy would also like to thank the many volunteers who make this event possible each year.

It’s not too late to support the Heart & Vascular Center, which will open in the new medical center in Mercy Health Muskegon.







Volunteers are integral to make The Ride a success! Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time! (photo credit: The Office of Philanthropy.)

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