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1,500 cyclists geared up to fight skin cancer at second annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo

Nearly 1,500 cyclists rode through scenic West Michigan on Saturday, June 28, in the second annual MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo. It drew participants of all ages from 14 states – some as far as Nevada and Florida. Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

Some participants are avid cyclists with a passion for these types of events, while others are rode to honor a loved one – or their own – battle with skin cancer. Others joined their employers to support skin cancer awareness and research. More than 40 West Michigan companies have participating teams, some as large as 50 to 150 riders.

Participants started and ended their ride at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. More than 500 cyclists rode 80 miles, the longest route which turns at Lake Michigan in Ferrysburg. Hundreds more rode the 40- and 25-mile routes which follow the twists and turns of country roads. The MVP Sports 12 Mile Family Ride took riders through Millennium Park.

Riders and public celebrated at the Finish Line Festival outside The B.O.B. They enjoyed live music, gourmet food, craft brews and wines, while catching a glimpse of the Herman Miller Brickyard Criterium – an amateur and professional racing event held in conjunction with the MSU College of Human Medicine Gran Fondo.

This year, the MSU Gran Fondo received the Pure Michigan FITness Series endorsement from the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The Pure Michigan FITness Series recognizes events that significantly contribute to the health and well-being of Michigan residents. By participating in this Pure Michigan FITness Series event, Gran Fondo riders become eligible to enter the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run lottery. 


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