Peddle Up! for the Frank Stark Ride

Here’s an opportunity to get on your bikes for good causes. The annual Frank Stark Ride is celebrating its 25th year Sunday, July 13.

Cyclists can choose between a 30- or 62-mile course, riding north along picturesque A1A. The supported ride starts at 7 a.m. for the 62-mile course and 8 a.m. for the 30-mile event, starting at Boca Raton’s City Hall (201 W. Palmetto Park Road).

The ride is named after Frank Stark, a former member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club, who was forced to retire from his career as an airline pilot after having two heart attacks and a quadruple bypass surgery. Stark began cycling to improve his health and celebrated his birthdays by riding one mile for each year of his age.

More and more people joined Stark’s inspirational rides while he was alive. Long after he died of heart failure, those people continued to ride in his honor. Today’s Frank Stark Ride attracts as many as 700 riders. Riders get the support of local police, as well as rest stops with food and drink and lunch after the event. There are even free post-race massages and a vendor village.

Proceeds from the ride go to national charities and local, state and national bicycle advocacy groups.

It’s $40 to participate if you sign up by July 10. After that, it’s $50.

For more information or to sign up, go to: http://frankstarkride.com/ or call 561/391-0800.

In other news…

Local hospitals are announcing residency and medical school training programs for future doctors. Residencies occur after medical school to prepare medical school graduates to become competent, board-certified physicians.

Having teaching hospitals is a good sign for our local health care system. Studies show that doctors often take root where they train. So, having local residency programs for doctors in Palm Beach County could help to ensure we have enough doctors in the pipeline to care for local patients in the long term.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital announced in early July that 30 internal medicine residents from Florida Atlantic University’s residency program were training at the hospital. This is the first university-sponsored resident program for FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the first post-graduate training program at Boca Regional.

Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, also announced this month that it is providing clinical training for 12 Nova Southeastern University medical students in their third year in the school’s college of osteopathic medicine. Bethesda has been helping to train Nova’s osteopathic students for nine years. The rotations in training for these future doctors include internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry and geriatrics.

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Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on www.wordscomealive.com.