'Gran Fondo' coming to Grand Rapids

5:48 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Organizers expect a new cycling event will draw hundreds of participants to Grand Rapids next year.

On Tuesday, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announced the "Gran Fondo", which will be held downtown on June 29.

Gran Fondo means "big ride" in Italian. They are long distance cycling events, not races.

"It's not just for the elite; it's not just for those who work out five to seven days a week. This is for everybody to be part of something that builds that community spirit and that community giving which is so remarkable in West Michigan," explained Marsha Rappley, dean of the College of Human Medicine.

Money raised during next year's Gran Fondo will be used to support local research to fight skin cancer.

To learn more about the Gran Fondo, click here.

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