Syracuse cyclers ride for the win

By Kathy Hill

Members of National Grid’s Cycling Team accepted the American Diabetes Association’s award for Top Fundraising Team in the 2017 Tour de Cure ride in Syracuse. From left: Sabrina Cabrera, Mike Lammey, Kathy Rooney, Steve Wilson, Rich Saxby, Leslee Heisey, Joe Howard, Larry Davis


Call it déjà vu times two: For the fourth consecutive year, the National Grid Cycling Team has earned the Top Fundraising Team trophy in the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure. The team was celebrated in Syracuse in October for raising nearly $17,000 in donations and matching funds for the charity in 2017.

The next night, team members Jeanne Marinelli and Mike Lammey were honored at a celebration for the 2017 Syracuse Bicycle Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, which benefits the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.  As team captain, Jeanne accepted the award recognizing National Grid’s second consecutive year as the Top Fundraising Team.  Mike was recognized as the year’s second place individual fundraiser.

Now up to 144 members across the company’s U.S. footprint, the cycling team was started four years ago by Mike and team captain Joe Howard. Since then, the team and its members’ families have raised more than $78,000 for charities in our service area.

“As much fun as we have in leading these community contributions, we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Mike. “Our goals for next year are even bigger.”

The team holds off-hours group training, encouraging members to keep riding, improve health and fitness levels and prepare for charity rides from 10 to up to 100 miles long.  Members pay their own out-of-pocket registration fees – typically 30 to 50 dollars – for each event entered.

Interesting in joining the team next year?  Contact Joe Howard.

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