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Tour de Wellness set for May 22

The fourth annual Tour de Wellness sponsored by St. Luke’s Hospital will feature two new activities this year, including a Health and Wellness Expo open to everyone, regardless of their participation in the bicycling event.

Designed for cyclists of all levels, the event will be held Sunday, May 22, with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and the 62-mile champion route for advanced riders starting off at 7 a.m.

The tour’s three routes start and end at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park. The 26-mile pro route for intermediate riders will begin at 8 a.m. and the 14-mile cycling enthusiast ride for beginning cyclists will start at 9 a.m.

All cyclists must wear a properly sized and fitted safety helmet. Routes will be staffed with bike technicians, police, medics and volunteers to ensure rider safety.

The Health and Wellness Expo will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and will include representatives from St. Luke’s departments of physician referral, community outreach, massage therapy, urgent care centers and nutrition.

Community outreach personnel will do free blood pressure and glucose screenings. The massage therapy team will offer massages and a Wheel of Wellness will provide information about staying fit in addition to information on St. Luke’s exercise classes. A dietician also will be available to discuss nutrition and athletic activities.

Another new feature of the Tour de Wellness is its virtual rider opportunity for those who don’t cycle but want to participate. Virtual riders can visit www.stlukestourdewellness.com to make a contribution in support of the program and to claim a tour participant T-shirt.

Event proceeds support the hospital’s community outreach programs and wellness initiatives, which affect more than 40,000 people annually through St. Luke’s health screening activities and education.

Participants can register as individuals or a team. Registration fees range from $50-$65, a portion of which qualifies as a tax-deductible donation to St. Luke’s Hospital.

Companies can support and encourage health and wellness by sponsoring employee participation in the event.

Volunteers are needed and can visit the website for more information.

Last year’s event attracted more than 500 cyclists.

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