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Dr. Lipoff: Bike New York: Cycling for a Cause

Several months ago the President and CEO of Bike New York, Ken Podziba, invited our nonprofit group Foundation 4 Heroes to be a part of his weekend event. He had heard my talk about the benefits of community service and what the Foundation 4 Heroes is all about while we were in Columbus at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic. He was moved and wanted us to be a part of something big for years to come.

Initially I balked because it involved a 40 mile bike ride through NYC and I haven’t ridden a bike to the mailbox in 10 years. Ken told me it would be easy. Then he followed that with, “Just don’t let anyone get a picture of The Hulkster walkin’ his bike up the Verrazano Bridge.” No pressure there.

Bike New York has been around since 1977 and has limited this ride to 32,000 cyclists and well-over 60,000 patrons attend the bike expo. The money they raise helps fund teaching children and adults how to ride a bike and about bike safety.

I decided to accept his offer because it was great exposure for the Foundation but also helps a super cause. There are so many health benefits and social pluses to it, besides, once you learn as a kid you have it forever.

Some of the many health benefits to cycling like: less stress on the joints, burns a boat-load of calories, a healthy heart, multiple muscle groups used and will help you trim down, equipment is affordable, you can do it at any age, all over body toning, higher energy levels, you get to wear cool skin-tight shorts (not) and gets you out doors to enjoy nature or the city.

We packed up the vehicles and Ed Tully, of Tantaztic, and Mike Batson, of Mike Batson Photography, made the journey to the Big Apple. To prepare for Bike New York I rode my bike 5 times over 3 weeks before the race, and only in my neighborhood. I’m too worried about road cycling. I suffered 2 flat tires and a derailed chain.

Most of my stops were to talk to NYPD, NYFD and kids, which made it worthwhile. I made an effort to acknowledge or stop and say hello to all the NYPD and NYFD I saw along my trip. They are great people and deserve respect for their constant courage and bravery.

This was a 6.5 hour drive up and back, very little sleep, 16 hour days of volunteering, a 40 mile bike ride and 3 guys packed into a room to save money. It was a great time, very exhausting, but gave us a chance to talk to more folks about what Foundation 4 Heroes does.

By the way, I made it up the bridge. No one tells you there’s 4 miles of constant hill before the 1.5 mile bridge incline either, but I pushed through it. It is nothing compared to what the little heroes battling health issues go through. That is why all of us at Foundation 4 Heroes continue to donate, sacrifice and volunteer; because we believe in the kids.

May 30th will be the Wildewood Shopping Center’s Family Fun Day from 11 – 2pm. We have a Super Hero Costume Contest, Princess Contest, visit the nonprofit group Foundation 4 Heroes, The Balloon Nerd, 50/50 Raffle, as well as a Dolphin Water Slide, HUGE Moon Bounce, Lexington Park Fire Department and more. There will be food and drinks available, sidewalk chalk drawing contest and other fundraising for a few special kids. Come out and support a great community event!

Remember -- “Even Heroes Need a Hero.”


Dr. Jay M. Lipoff is the owner of Back At Your Best Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, LLC, which is located in the Wildewood Shopping Center. Dr. Lipoff is also the author of “Back At Your Best; Balancing the Demands of Life With the Needs of Your Body.” It is available in book and Kindle format at Amazon.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1990, a Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) from New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) in 1994 and he became a Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) in 2005.

Dr. Lipoff is an Executive Board Member, International Chiropractic Association Council on Fitness and Sports Health Science; won the 2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger Legacy Award for his community work; has a radio segment: Back At Your Best in 5 Minutes or Less, President and Founder; Foundation 4 Heroes, Contributing writer, Huffington Post’ Co-Founder, Drug Free Training USA; Member, NY Strength-promoting the importance of physical conditioning; Board Member of Public Relations Committee, Maryland Chiropractic Association; has spoken on nationally broadcasted radio interviews, has articles in print and referenced in over 150 print papers, magazine and on websites, President, Wildewood Business Network-promoting better business relations and community outreach.

For more information, go to www.BackAtYourBest.com, find us on facebook, or call 301-863-BEST (2378). www.f4heroes.com, 844-F4Heroes.

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