Bike Connect Celebrates 10 Years of Support for Nursing!

Over 125 participants took to the streets on Sunday, May 20th for the 10th Anniversary of ECHN Bike Connect. The cyclists, walkers and runners raised more than $19,000 for nursing scholarships for ECHN employees wishing to further their nursing education or become a nurse. Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut on Keynote Drive in Vernon again hosted the day’s activities with the event beginning and ending in their parking lot.
The beautiful weather welcomed the cyclists who chose between a 23-mile route and a 43-mile route. Walkers and runners were directed along a 6-mile route. The 23-mile bicycle course connects Woodlake at Tolland, Rockville General Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and the Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut facilities. The longer route includes an additional stop at the Glastonbury Wellness Center. All routes travel through both residential and business areas.
The spirit was festive as the participants enjoyed a DJ from Boppers Entertainment on their return. Lunch was provided by Angellino’s, Highland Park Market, ECHN Food & Nutrition Services and Royal Ice Cream. Commemorations of the 10th anniversary of the event included gifts presented to the founders of the event – Dr. Robert Rodner and Dr. Alan Krupp – and dry-fit shirts that were available for purchase by participants. A table provided by ECHN Nursing Education provided free blood-pressure screenings and health information.
This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors: Bolles Motors, The Chartis Group, Manchester Road Race and Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery.
 Thank you to our dedicated participants, sponsors and volunteers who made Bike Connect a great success!
The event contact person is Richard Silvia, Development Officer, ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation, at 860.872.5305.
ECHN holds many annual events throughout the year and partners with corporations for maximum marketing opportunities. For information on how to be a part of future ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation events, please call 860.872.5305.
Committee Co-Chairs Alan Krupp, MD and Bob Rodner, MD; and lead sponsor Brian Bolles

The Nerac Team

Anita Rackow and Maxine Greenberg enjoying the day

Enthusiastic walkers heading out

And they’re off!

Joyce Helenski, queen of the popcorn machine

Two cyclists enjoying their Royal Ice Cream treats!