The City of Fenton has been selected to host The 4th Annual Cycle for Life later this year to help raise funds for cystic fibrosis.

Each year, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raises money towards researching a cure for CF through their annual cycling event, Cycle for Life. Cystic Fibrosis is a rare genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections due to a buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. Fenton will be only the second Michigan city to host the annual event, set for Saturday, October 6th, as the previous events have taken place in Ann Arbor. Development Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Caitlin Ulrich said Fenton was chosen to be this year’s host due to the city being regarded as a premier cycling spot.

The start and finish lines will take place at The Fenton Community Cultural Center and the event will run all throughout the downtown area. There will be a 33 mile and 62 mile route that riders can travel with the minimum fundraising amount set at $150. Every 7 to 12 miles there will be rest stops where cyclists can repair their bikes while ride marshals cheer them on. Ulrich described the event as having a festival-like atmosphere with breakfast and lunch being provided to all riders along with a celebration at the end.

Ulrich said her next steps involve finding local businesses to sponsor the event. (DF/JK)