For the past seven years, the Spokes for Strokes bike tour has been raising public awareness about strokes and stroke symptoms. The event has raised thousands of dollars for the stroke program at Baptist Health Paducah, including a matching donation from the hospital foundation. It also funds to invest in life-saving technologies and expanded stroke care services. This year's Spokes for Strokes is taking place Saturday, June 1.

Over 250 cyclists usually take part in the tour and organizers expect a great crowd again in 2019. An additional route was added to the 2018 tour, making a total of four options for riders.

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“Cyclists requested for a middle length course between the 10 and 35-mile routes,” said Bridgett Swatzell. “So we have an additional option.” Bridgett is both a nurse who works with stroke patients and a coordinator for Spokes for Strokes.

This is a wonderful bike tour on well-marked routes through McCracken, Marshall, and Grave counties. Support vehicles will follow each route in case riders need assistance. The four biking options are:

  • 65 miles with rolling hills, six rest stops
  • 35 miles, four stops
  • 20 miles, two stops
  • 10 miles, flatter terrain only in McCracken County, only one stop.

Each route is SAG (Support and Gear) supported with refreshments and toilet facilities at rest stops.

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Strokes are the leading cause of disability and the fifth-leading killer in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from life-changing and long-term disabilities as a result of strokes.

“We will continue to focus on public education, so people of all ages know they should call 911 immediately if they see anyone experiencing signs of a stroke,” said Dr. Joseph Ashburn, stroke center director. “Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can save your life. The Spokes for Strokes bike ride and tour helps inform us about stroke prevention and treatment.”

iSupportDay of event registration for Spokes for Strokes starts at 7 am in the Baptist Health Imaging Center on the west end of Baptist Health Paducah’s campus at 2705 Kentucky Avenue. You can also pre-register online at active.com. The bike tour starts at 8 am, starting and ending at the Baptist Health Imaging Center. Don’t forget, helmets are required!

The cost is $25 for an individual, $40 for couples and $50 for a family of four. Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. If you are unable to ride, please consider a donation to support the region’s leading stroke care. For more information call 270.575.2851.