One of the historic sailing and great Michigan traditions is the Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The first race was held in 1925. One of the newer Michigan traditions is the Less Cancer Bike Ride to Mackinac, founded in 2013 for LessCancer.org by Suzi Tobias. The ride, not unlike the sailboats, goes from Port Huron to Mackinac, Michigan. The cyclists, however, go to water’s edge in Mackinaw City. This year’s cyclists will leave Port Huron on July 12.
There is more than one way to look at cancer, just as there is more than one route to Mackinac. One way is the time-honored sailboats, and another way is bicycles. We started this ride to showcase the importance of cancer prevention and the role of exercise. When we work to prevent cancer, we also work to prevent other diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes and more. Like traveling to Mackinac, there are many approaches to cancer, and LessCancer.org works to bring awareness to cancer prevention through web content, community partnerships, and educating lawmakers.
This year the bike ride has garnered new excitement and attracted new riders. First-timer Chris Renouf, a cancer survivor, says, “I have only been riding for about seven years, but I love it! I am a stage 4 prostate cancer survivor, and riding my bike has been a great way for me to stay active and help keep up my strength I know staying active is so vitally important to try to beat or even prevent this horrendous disease.”