Gran Fondo Rides Through Grand Rapids

The MSU college of Human medicine presented the Gran Fondo, a “rolling party,” to benefit MSU skin cancer awareness and research.

Italian for “big ride,” the Gran Fondo cycling event raised money through a collaborative effort with sponsors including Huntington Bank, and the Gilmore Collection.


For the second annual event, volunteers came together with the college of human medicine to promote health, wellness, and fun. This year, the MSU Gran Fondo had 1500 riders cycling courses including 80, 40, 25, and 12-mile distances, starting and ending at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids. Each route included Gilmore Catering’s Superfood Stops. At the end of the course, all cyclists were invited to attend the Finish Line Festival, featuring live music, Michigan micro-brews, and great food.

All proceeds supported MSU skin cancer research. Thus far, the funds raised tally to $115,000 dollars. Participants and sponsors continue to fund raise through July 31st.

Visit to learn more about how you can get involved by volunteering, donating, or participating in next year’s Gran Fondo.

Huntington Bank not only sponsored the event, but John Irwin, West Michigan’s Regional President at Huntington, also participated by cycling the 40-mile ride. Huntington is Connecting with Community and working to make West Michigan a better place to live.


Congratulations to all cyclists who participated!

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