Get Your Guts In Gear: Cyclists get their guts in gear for Crohn’s & colitis

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2-day cycling tour in Wisconsin to raise funds and awareness for inflammatory bowel disease

EAST TROY, Wis. (August 27, 2012) – Get Your Guts in Gear (GYGIG), a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, will host a multi-day cycling event in East Troy, Wis. to raise funds in support of empowerment, research, awareness and advocacy efforts for people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

The Midwest ride for GYGIG will take place Sept. 7-9 and feature two overnight camps. The event is 150-miles long and includes an optional century loop on the last day of the ride. The ride is designed for anyone from properly trained novices to seasoned riders. The route for GYGIG features full support staff and rest stops.

“Get Your Guts in Gear provides a supportive environment for riders to overcome physical and emotional challenges while discovering physical strength and emotional resolve,” said board member Kelly Kilgallon. “The goal of the ride is to empower those with IBD and provide critical funds for valuable beneficiaries such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.”

Founded in 2003, GYGIG produces two cycling rides annually and has raised over $1.5 million in funds. The ride originated in New York and is in its fourth year in the Midwest. GYGIG seeks to provide a positive community environment that is participant-centric. The goal is to help participants feel empowered, accomplished and part of a greater cause.

“The ride is meant to be a community experience that brings together patients, family, friends, caregivers and cycling enthusiasts,” said returning rider Adam Wyatt. “Get Your Guts in Gear unites all of its participants in a common effort to raise awareness for a disease that affects over 1.4 million Americans and does not yet have a cure.”

To date, GYGIG has donated over $500,000 in research grants for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and provided over 1,500 patients with legal assistance through work with Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness.

“The ride has made a dramatic impact on the IBD community,” said Kilgallon. “However, we are always seeking to draw more attention to the disease and provide a support for those afflicted with it.”

The two-day, 150 mile ride goes from Sept. 7-9, beginning at Camp Pottawatomie Hills in East Troy, Wis. For more information on The Midwest ride, please visit http://ibdride.org/Midwest.

About Get Your Guts In Gear

Get Your Guts in Gear (GYGIG) is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization that raises awareness of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and related conditions through multi-day cycling events that benefit and support inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) organizations and patient advocacy groups. GYGIG creates and produces well-organized, participant-centric events so that participants feel empowered, accomplished and part of a greater community. Since creating and producing its first ride in 2004, GYGIG has raised over $1 million in proceeds to support empowerment, research, awareness, and advocacy efforts for people with IBD and ostomies. Each of GYGIG’s Rides is a new opportunity to connect with patients, family and friends who are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

GYGIG is a not-for-profit corporation and has been recognized by the IRS as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, please visit http://ibd.org/.