The CHARLIE’s Motorcycle Ride will be held on Sunday in Ellligton with registration from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The 30-mile ride begins at noon.
CHARLIE’s Ride is an acronym for Cardiac Health Advocates Remembering Loved-ones Impacted Everywhere. It is a charity motorcycle ride established in loving memory of Charlie Lewandoski of Wethersfield, Conn. who lost his 20-year battle with heart disease in July 2009, and others just like him.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has declared that date as Heart Disease Awareness Day in the state of Connecticut, “in honor and recognition of CHARLIE’s Ride” for the third year. The event will start at at 398 Somers Road in Ellington, ll friends and supporters of heart disease with bikes of any make or model are welcome. so are those without bikes.
was created by Charlie’s daughter, Beth Hensel, with a three-fold objective: 1) to promote heart disease awareness and prevention strategies; 2) to remember the millions impacted by heart disease, and 3) to raise funds for The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut at Saint Francis clinical center of excellence.
“My father found his passion for motorcycles late in life and at 66 years-old went out and purchased a brand-new Honda Shadow VLX, much to my dismay,” explains Beth Hensel of Windsor Locks. “I couldn’t understand why he would pursue such a dangerous hobby. Nonetheless, his love for riding was obvious and he took every opportunity to try and get me on his bike. He loved the liberating feeling he found on his bike, and he especially enjoyed participating in charity rides. He eventually got his wish when he passed and left me his bike, and that’s when I finally accepted his challenge,” she says. “I interpreted this as his final lesson, conquered my fears, learned to ride, and then the idea of CHARLIE’s Ride was born. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor his memory and promote heart disease awareness than to establish this ride as a lasting tribute to a wonderful man. I couldn’t save him, but hopefully CHARLIE’s Ride can help save others!”
Heart disease is the number one cause of death (for men and women) in the United States – responsible for 1 out of every 2 deaths in America. More than 80 million Americans live with some form of cardiovascular disease. But heart disease is highly preventable if you take steps to reduce your risk factors. Do you know what those risk factors are? These are all important facts that the organizers and sponsors of CHARLIE’s Ride intend to share in order to educate our community and stop heart disease in its tracks!
To date, has raised over $15,000 for cardiac programs and educated over 500 people. This year participants will enjoy a host of activities. There will be free coffee and donuts, graciously donated by . Special guests from the Phillips Women’s Heart program will be providing a FREE heart health assessment for interested parties over the age of 18.
Meet our Master of Ceremonies, Renee DiNino from Clear Channel and The River 105.9, who will be there with gifts prizes, lots of vendors including Excel Fitness and Scensty Fragrance. On a prominently displayed Memory Wall, participants can write a message to their loved-ones impacted by heart disease. Our opening ceremonies will conclude with Miss Tolland County, Kaitlyn Bogue singing the National Anthem.
Escorted by state and local police and Trantolo & Trantolo’s road captains, the ride will head out through Ellington, around to the after-party destination, , located at 2 North Road, East Windsor. Riders and non-riders will enjoy after-party festivities featuring a heart-healthy feast presented by , plus great raffles, free billiards, and music.
Admission for the event is $30/bike for riders (which includes the after-party) or after-party only $20/single or $30/couple. Preregister before Aug. 1st to save $5.
To pre-register or find more information about CHARLIE’s Ride, visit us at: www.charliesride.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlie.ride, call Beth at 860-916-3637, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please celebrate Heart Disease Awareness Day with CHARLIE’s Ride on Sunday.