Rock the Ride returns

JACKSON, WY— Be a part of the Revolution — against stroke and heart disease at Rock the Ride.

The fourth annual high-energy, indoor team cycling fundraiser will take place Sunday, March 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Dancers’ Workshop.  Break a sweat, sing, dance, and party all afternoon to benefit the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Stroke and Cardiac Fund for local patients.

People of all ages and fitness levels are invited and encouraged to participate. You can ride hard, or hardly ride. Either way, you’re gonna have a good time and help raise money for an important local cause.

“This event is compelling, largely due to the number of people in our community who have been impacted by stroke,” said Foundation President John Goettler. “We will have 60 teams this year, including several riders who have suffered a stroke.”

St. John’s Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Bill Mullen will attend the event to cheer on the participants and make a few remarks. “Heart disease and stroke are related and share many of the same risk factors,” he said. “And while stroke is more common in older people, it affects young people as well. About 10 percent of the 800,000 strokes that happen in the U.S. each year strike adults younger than 45.”

Revolution Indoor Cycling owner and event founder Julie Guttormson was one of them, having experienced a stroke herself in 2006 at the age of 31. Julie had been a vibrant, active athlete who enjoyed skiing, running, and cycling. Her full recovery included completing an Ironman triathlon and launching her fitness business. “I had the idea of this event in my mind from the day I opened Revolution almost seven years ago. I knew that bringing fun and fitness together are what we do best and based on my own experience, I had a platform to help make a difference in people’s lives right here in our community. I’m grateful to St. John’s for helping to bring Rock the Ride to life,” said Guttormson.

“We’re thankful to Revolution’s Julie Guttormson for coming up with this fun and engaging event that supports the St. John’s Hospital Foundation,” Goettler said.

Rock the Ride will include entertainment, energizing music, fabulous giveaways, great food, and of course plenty of coffee!

Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest mileage, highest fundraising total, most spirit, best costumes, and more.

Advance registration for “Rock the Ride” is required due to limited space. To sign up, go to StJohnsHospitalFoundation.org/event/rocktheride19/.

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