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Hospice Hustle adds 15-mile bike trek to annual benefit

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News, Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on September 19, 2018 with No Comments

Lace up the shoes, grab the helmet and put some air in those tires folks because the time has again come for the 6th annual Hospice Hustle, Lake County’s rural route bike ride through the rolling terrain of Northwest Indiana. The ride took place this year on Sunday, Sept.16.

The idea was formed when avid bike rider and Munster plastic surgeon Dr. Gus Galante realized that there were no long route bike rides in Northwest Indiana, and in order to participate in rides cyclists needed to travel to the Illinois and Michigan area.

Bill Hasse of Hasse Construction

This would not do for Galante, or for good friend and riding buddy Bill Hasse of Hasse Construction. The two men put their heads, as well as their love of biking, together and started the Hospice Hustle, a casual bike ride through much of the rolling hills and country roads of Lake County.

“Everyone has a 5K walk or run, we wanted to be unique with a ride,” Galante said.

The idea was formed by avid bike rider and Munster plastic surgeon, Dr. Gus Galante

The Hospice Hustle begins at the Lake County fairgrounds in Crown Point, winding through Crown Point, Hebron, Valparaiso, and other region cities and towns. Each rider makes a minimum donation for the cause. Along the way, there are many designated “S.A.G.” or supply and gear stops, where riders can stop and get a quick drink or snack, as well as make necessary repairs to their bicycle.

The 2018 cycling event features 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles of biking. New this year is a family-friendly 15-mile trail ride, sponsored by Trek Explorers. All trails begin and end at the fairgrounds.

Those interested can register online now at www.bikeforhospice.org or www.bikereg.com/hospice-hustle.com. Registration fee is $35, or $40 after Sept. 15.

Registration on Sept. 16 begins at 7:00 a.m. The 100 and 75-mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by the 50-mile trek at 8:15, the 25-miler at 8:30, and this year’s new 15-mile ride begins at 9:00. There are no late riders.

A pancake breakfast and coffee will greet riders before the event. In addition to treats along the route, chili and other food will be served upon conclusion of the biking benefit.

Since 1981, Hospice of the Calumet Area, a not-for-profit organization, has been dedicated to improving the quality of life through compassionate care for individuals and families facing alife-limiting illness by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual support.

Hospice features a staff of highly qualified nurses and volunteers who work in tune with the patient, family and their physicians to make the final months, weeks or days of the ill as comfortable and peaceful as possible.

As stated on its website, Hospice of the Calumet Area can sum up its reason for being in a simple phrase: We cherish life, physically, spiritually, emotionally.

The Hospice Hustle, in just its first five years, has donated more than $110,000 toward hospice care. The proceeds go toward necessary supplies and resources hospice needs to maintain its facilities and patients.

For more information about joining the Hospice Hustle or about making a contribution to Hospice of the Calumet Area, visit www.hospicecalumet.org or call 219-922-2732.

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