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May 29, 2014

MSU's second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU College of Human Medicine will host its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28. Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this non-competitive cycling event go toward programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and support MSU’s skin cancer research.

“While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, it is largely preventable,” said Marsha Rappley, dean of MSU's College of Human Medicine. “It is inspiring to see the community rally behind such an important cause that touches so many lives. When we work together, we can accomplish great things in the fight against skin cancer.”

MSU Gran Fondo riders of all skill levels can choose between four scenic courses varying in distance. The 12-, 25-, 40- and 80-mile routes begin in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. Participants on the MVP 12-Mile Family Ride will enjoy the trails through Millennium Park, while 25- and 40-mile participants will follow roads running along the Grand River Valley toward Lake Michigan. The 80-mile participants will ride all the way to North Ottawa Beach in Grand Haven.

All routes return to The B.O.B. in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids for the Finish Line Festival. The outdoor after-party will offer craft brews and wines, a grand feast and live music for all riders.

Event registration is now open at Cyclists can participate as individuals or teams. Fees are $70 and will increase to $80 on June 1. If the promotional code, ‘GOGREEN’ is used, the participant will receive $5 off. This offer ends June 13. Riders under 12 years of age can participate in the 12-mile family route at no charge with adult registration. A minimum fundraising goal of $50 is set for adult cyclists. Participants can use fundraising tips and tools available on the website.

The rider who raises the most money receives a brand new Trek Madone 6.5 bicycle valued at $6,600.