Wellness Wednesday: Register for the Corporate Cycling Challenge

July 02, 2014

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Five years ago, medical center cyclists were crowned the Corporate Cycling Challenge champions.

Last year the team had a strong second place finish in the event's AAA division.

So, will this be the year the med center team reclaims the title?

It could be with your help - and a few of your fellow employees and family members.

Registration is now open for the Omaha Corporate Cycling Challenge on Aug. 17. The bike tour (it's not a race) attracts cyclists of all abilities for tours of 10, 25 or 42 miles. Nebraska's largest single day cycling event is free for employees to participate and costs only $5 for family members to ride.

"This is a great event for families and recreational riders," said team captain Peter Pellerito. "The different distances and the non-competitive ride makes it a good fit for everyone -- and for you competitive riders, the more med center riders and family members who participate, the better our chances to win the corporate challenge."

Last year, med center employees logged a total of 3,091 miles, while family members added another 1,006 miles. The second-place finish -- less than 200 miles behind the overall winning team -- was the med center's strongest showing since 2010.

Registration

Download a registration form. Participants can register up to the day of the event. The deadline to order a $10 team T-shirt, however, is July 21.

Routes

Participants may choose to ride:

  • The Olde River Ride (10 miles).
  • Riverside Ride (25 miles).
  • Tour De Fort (42 miles).

All tours begin and end at Omaha's Heartland of America Park at 8th and Farnam streets.

Points and prizes

The winner in each corporate division of the challenge is based on the number of total employee miles ridden, with miles logged by employee family members counting half toward the organization's total.

A $100 gift card also is up for grabs (for those registered by July 21) and riders increase their chances to win by riding more miles:

  • Those who ride 10 miles earn one opportunity.
  • Those who ride 25 miles earn two opportunities.
  • Those who ride 42 miles earn four opportunities.

Riders also can earn additional opportunities to win the $100 card if they ride farther than they did last year and/or recruit med center riders who didn't participate last year.

For more information

Contact Pellerito at 559-5253 or by email for more information about the challenge, which raises funds for trail development in the Omaha metro area.

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