Celebrating An Amazing Ride

The Tour de Ford event concluded last Sunday on a glorious late summer afternoon.

I want to personally thank the organizers, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the riders from all parts of the System and community for making this such an incredible event.

The ride along Belle Isle on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012

In the third year of the Tour, we had over 500 riders and raised over $50,000 for the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care, medication, medical supplies and social services to underinsured patients at Henry Ford.

My wife and I rode the “35-mile” route, which according to my GPS was 38.45 miles.

We had a great ride through Eastern Market, down the Dequindre Cut, over to the Riverfront, east to the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle, a quick spin around the island, back to Jefferson, Indian Village, The Pointes and a welcome rest stop at our Cottage facility.

Did a banana, orange slice and water ever taste better?

Back on the bike, westward to Midtown and finally the Henry Ford Hospital Campus, where our great friends from Subway provided the lunch, and drinks, including some great Michigan ale from Rochester Mills Brewery, were a plenty.

Lots of celebration of the ride, the day and each other.

In all:

  • 3 hours in the saddle
  • 2,048 calories burned
  • average heart rate of 129, and
  • average moving speed of 12.0 mph

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Ready to Ride: Tour de Ford

Henry Ford hosts numerous fun and generous philanthropic events, but there’s one “grass-roots” effort that really stands out from the rest: Tour de Ford.

Tour de Ford was started by two cycling enthusiasts who also happen to be Henry Ford ER physicians, Dr. Gerard Martin and Dr. Ronny Otero. This year’s event on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Henry Ford Hospital promises to the biggest and the best yet.

Tour de Ford is the perfect balance of fun and charity. This will be the third year I’ll be riding too, and I even got my wife to join me in the 35-mile route.

Unlike other rides, anybody can participate in the Tour de Ford (and you aren’t required to wear those spandex shorts or have a particularly fancy bike either).

If you aren’t able to do the 10-, 35-, or 70 -mile ride, the Tour de Ford offers volunteer opportunities so employees and community members alike can be involved.

While the event is a great opportunity to give back to the community, it simultaneously offers an amazing tour of Detroit.

Cyclists of all experience levels have the opportunity to tour some of the best sites of our city – Belle Isle, Eastern Market, the new CHASS facility and more – all while benefiting the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care, medication, medical supplies and social services to underinsured patients at Henry Ford. Continue reading

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Tour de Ford 2011

I had the pleasure of participating along with 300 other cyclists in the second annual Tour de Ford bike ride.

Cyclists of all experience levels had the opportunity to tour our city while benefiting the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care, medication, equipment medical supplies and social services to underinsured patients at Henry Ford.


Participants had the opportunity to ride in their choice of a 70-mile, 35-mile or 10-mile route. You can view a photo slideshow of the event here.

Now no one would confuse me for Lance Armstrong or Greg Lemond, but I did take the training wheels off to make it the 35 miles on an absolutely glorious late summer Michigan day. (I am sure Tom Groth negotiates the weather for us for each of our events.)


Each route started and ended at Henry Ford Hospital, and traveled to a number of our sites throughout Henry Ford Health System — Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital,  Henry Ford Medical Center–Cottage and Henry Ford Medical Center-Fairlane. Riders also got to see a number of Detroit’s landmarks along their routes, such as Eastern Market, The Dequindre Cut and The Heidelberg Project.

As I rode through the Detroit Lions’ tailgaters at Eastern Market and along the River Walk, I felt proud of our organization, our city and all that this event was able to accomplish.

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