VeloSano Ride

Cleveland Clinic has one of the most robust cancer research enterprises encompassing basic, clinical and translational research, yet the need for funding has never been more critical. This was the  second annual event, thanks to the many participants. The VeloSano bike ride kicked-off in downtown Cleveland. Many participants raised over $1000 to participate in the weekend ride.

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is an effort that brings millions of dollars to the community all for one purpose – to beat cancer. This Cleveland Clinic sponsored two-day event ran from Saturday, July 18th through Sunday, July 19th. Mayor Frank G. Jackson kicked-off this year’s 50 mile fundraising bike challenge in the Velosano pace car. The City of Cleveland bike team and employees participated in the opening ceremony and helped to kick-off the start of the ride in downtown Cleveland.  

The ride was organized with varying mileage distances: 12, 25, 50, 100, 179 miles and a two-day ride consisting of 207 miles ending in North Canton.  Riders had an opportunity to show support for those who have battled cancer on the ride. Many Cleveland organizations created teams to support VeloSano demonstrating the passion the region has and the impact of cancer on lives. 

These events are more than a bike ride. They are movements that pull together the resources and people of their respective communities to reach one goal. They attract thousands of volunteers, first-time riders, weekend warriors and veteran cyclists. They inspire companies to build teams of employees and neighborhoods to set up cheer stations on their front lawns. They provide a celebration of survivorship and a method of grieving for others. 

William C. Rieter