Revolution’s Rock the Ride Event

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March 10 marks Revolution Indoor Cycling’s 4th annual Rock the Ride event and fundraiser. But this event is so much more than that.

“Rock the Ride is a classic example of why this community rocks. From riders to businesses, from St. John’s Foundation to every person that supports RTR, we know how to rally and be there for one another in this community. Last year one of my teammates had suffered a stroke, and it was amazing to see her progress; this year I am riding in honor of my friend’s dad who is recovering after a stroke in December. Raising awareness that anyone can experience a stroke or cardiac event and that this community is here to support and help them is why I ride at Rock the Ride.”
– Jessica Jaubert

The why

In 2006, Julie Guttormson had lived in Jackson barely a year when she suffered a stroke from three blood clots located in three major veins of her brain. She had been a vibrant, active 31-year-old that soaked in everything her new home offered. Skiing, running and cycling were her go-to activities as she enjoyed her career in hospitality sales and teaching fitness classes. Learning she had experienced a stroke was a shock, but Julie knew she was extremely lucky to walk away healthy and with no side effects. revolution
To say the year that followed was “life changing” was an understatement. Julie turned her passion for sharing fitness into a career and crossed numerous finish lines, including Ironman Coeur d’Alene. With the support of her husband and two small children, Julie opened the doors of Revolution Indoor Cycling in March 2012. This year not only marks Revolution’s 7th anniversary, but 13 years since her stroke.
As a young professional, Julie experienced first-hand the cost incurred from suffering a serious health complication in Jackson, requiring a transfer to Salt Lake City. It is from her experience that Revolution Indoor Cycling and St. John’s Hospital Foundation teamed up to create Rock the Ride, an event to help local stroke and cardiac patients in financial need, plus aid in prevention. Rock the Ride is not only an amazing, fun event created because of Julie’s own stroke 13 years ago, but the exact weekend Revolution opened its doors in 2012.

The what

Rock the Ride takes place at Dancers’ Workshop inside the Center for the Arts. The ride starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m., but participants should arrive between 7:45-8:15 a.m. to check in, sign waivers and warm up. Teams of up to four people will ride a single bike for a total of four hours. Teams can divide up this riding time however they choose. Riders of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Prizes will be awarded for team categories that includes highest mileage, highest fundraising total, most spirit, best dressed and many more. Form a team and register, let Revolution connect you with a team, volunteer your time or simply give to the cause. There are many ways to support this event.rock the ride

“Last year was the first time I participated in Rock the Ride and it was the most fun, most energized, most memorable event I have ever been to! Everything from the music, costumes and the ride itself, made me smile from ear to ear. AND, all for an amazing cause. It doesn’t get any better!!! It is a must do for everyone!” – Noa Staryk

Support the cause

All funds raised from Rock the Ride benefit local stroke and cardiac patients at St. John’s Medical Center. Each team has a minimum fundraising requirement of $500 ($125 per rider). Donations can be made online, over the phone by calling 307-739-7517 or by mailing a check to St. John’s Hospital Foundation earmarked for Rock the Ride.

Contact Mary Katherine King of St. John’s Hospital Foundation or Julie Guttormson of Revolution Indoor Cycling with any questions:

Mary Katherine King, St. John’s Hospital Foundation, 307-739-7517 or mkking@tetonhospital.org

Julie Guttormson, Revolution Indoor Cycling, julie@revolutionindoorcycling.comrock the rideRevolution Indoor Cycling will also be running sales and promotions to celebrate its 7th anniversary. Tune into the Revolution Facebook page February 25-March 10 to see all the fun opportunities to save.

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