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event preview: NEOCycle

Congrats to Jessica E. — you won the Bright Pink FabFest swag bag giveaway. Let me know if you’ll be at this Sunday’s Cleveland FabFest – would love to see into some familiar faces.


With a recent knee funk (also known as chondromalacia patella - that’s a post for another day), I’ve had a certain Queen song running through my head in the past few weeks:

Enthralled doesn’t explain how happy I was to get in about 9 leisurely miles on Saturday after my PT said it was time to add some of my regular activities back into my routine.

Then I caught a tweet from a friend this morning and realized have I’ve been living under a rock to be just discovering Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s NEOCycle — taking place this weekend — September 26-28, 2014 — all over Greater Cleveland.


From the event website, NEOCycle is “an urban cycling festival consisting of competitive races and unique rides, connected by live entertainment and an interactive, action-filled festival at Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie.” 

The event schedule has an array of activities in those three days. Here are some highlights, IMO:

FRIDAY: There’s plenty happening that night at the Cleveland Velodrome, but the 10:30PM race sounds like a ball! There’s also a Velodrome 101 class earlier in the evening — with a beer garden to enjoy inbetween rides as well.

SATURDAY: People, there’s a Night Ride. With 7.5 mile and 15 mile options. And a costume contest. (Perhaps I can borrow Hans’ NASA astronaut costume…) My kind of Saturday night!

SUNDAY: I’m expanding my biking vocabulary by learning what a fondo is. (It’s just basically large group ride from what I can tell.) NEOCycle’s twist on this is the Forest City Fundo. It’s untimed mass ride starting and ending at The Hub at Edgewater Park starting bright and early that morning.

…and these don’t include all the activities at The Hub and the Music Fest with quite line up of musical guests. So grab your two wheel-er, save on some gasoline and ride around CLE with NEOCycle this weekend!

Stay in-the-know: follow NEOCycle on its social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Disclosure: Logo image from NEOCycle site. I’m sharing this event because of my love of biking — I was not asked to share this information. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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TONIGHT: 2014 Cleveland Jingle Bell Run/Walk Kickoff at Bar Louie Lyndhurst (& it’s National Cheeseburger Day!)

Disclosure: I am an employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Hey: did you know today — September 18th — is National Cheeseburger Day? (Sure, it’s not normally considered a “healthy living holiday” by any means, but it’s all about balance, right?!)


 (photo source: from the Bar Louie Lyndhurst FB page)

If you’re looking for the right spot to celebrate, join me tonight for the Cleveland Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Kickoff Open House at Bar Louie Lyndhurst (at Legacy Village) from 5:30PM-8PM. Eat burgers, enter to win door prizes and learn more about the December 14th 5K to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.

kickoff graphic from picmonkey design

Can’t attend tonight but want to register for this year’s race? Join my team — Team Grinch Paws — by registering at our team page.

Hope to see some familar faces tonight at Bar Louie! Happy cheeseburger-ing!  Keep up to date with all the Jingle Bell Run/Walk happenings by following its Twitter handle at @JingleBellCLE.

Disclosure: I am an employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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event preview & GIVEAWAY: FabFest 2014 (to benefit Bright Pink)

Disclosure:  In sharing this information, I will receive a media pass to attend the 2014 Cleveland Bright Pink FabFest and a swag bag of items to share with a reader. Images are from Bright Pink. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

There’s a unique, healthy living event making its first Cleveland appearance this fall — all thanks to Bright Pink.

bright pink

Bright Pink is “on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age”.  It’s also important to know: “Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals.” (from the organization’s website)

Bright Pink hosts FabFest – its “signature mission focused fundraiser where hundreds of women gather for a day of fitness activities, wellness seminars, life-saving breast and ovarian health education and more.” (from the site)

Kathryn Budig – known for her Aim True philosophy - speaking at the Chicago Bright Pink FabFest event. (photo source: Bright Pink FB page)

FabFest is coming to Northeastern Ohio on Sunday, September 28th at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center from 10am – 3pm. The nonprofit began FabFest in 2009, and Cleveland is the first city to hold the event outside of Chicago. The event includes:

  • High-energy workouts with Cleveland’s hottest instructors
  • Pampering beauty treatments (massage, manicures, skin care & more)
  • Sessions with dieticians, wellness professionals, & stylists
  • Mission-focused educational opportunities
  • Goal setting workshops
  • Healthy treats and eats

You can register for the Sunday, September 28th festivities at the event website. Please note in registering you agree to raise $500 for Bright Pink. Commit to helping the nonprofit by fundraising and get a Bright Pink swag bag for being a Poise in Parma reader!

Can’t attend on the 28th but want to win a Bright Pink Swag Bag? Enter at the Rafflecopter today:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You have until Friday, September 19th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner of the swag bag will be announced later that morning. 

As the organization says: “Be Brilliant. Be Bold. Be Bright Pink. “ I hope to see you September 28th at FabFest 2014!

Stay-in-the-know: Like Bright Pink on Facebook, follow the organization at @BeBrightPink on Twitter and Instagram, and keep up with the fun by following the hashtags #BrightPink and #FabFest.

 Disclosure:  In sharing this information, I will receive a media pass to attend the 2014 Cleveland Bright Pink FabFest and a swag bag of items to share with a reader. Images are from Bright Pink. As always, thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

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