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Narberth Ambulance to Hold 1st Main Line Bike Race, August 20th

Post Date:07/20/2017 7:35 AM

Contact: Leza Raffel 215-884-6499;  

ARDMORE—Every loop counts at the First Annual Main Line Bike Race, being held Sunday, August 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p,.m. around the business district of Ardmore. The event has been organized by Narberth Ambulance and Penn Medicine has signed on as a Diamond Sponsor for the race. 

Main Line Bike Race, August 2017, Ardmore, Narberth Ambulance

The 6-corner criterium-style bike race, consisting of a one-mile loop through Ardmore, in Lower Merion Township, will include a community ride/race for children, a food donation drive, and a variety of community-focused activities throughout the day as spectators watch riders compete along the race loop, which runs along Lancaster Ave., W. Athens Ave., School Lane, E. Athens Ave., and Rittenhouse Place.  (See below for street route.)

A food and music area and a kids’ fun zone will be provided by the Ardmore Business Association.

All race proceeds will support the operations of Narberth Ambulance, which responds to 911 calls in Lower Merion and Haverford Townships, as well as the boroughs of Narberth, Conshohocken, and West Conshohocken. Narberth Ambulance provides pre-hospital emergency care and medical transportation to nearly 145,000 residents and volunteers and employees are state certified paramedics and EMTs.

“We’re so excited to be able to bring people out and bring the community together for what should be a great neighborhood event,” said Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher B. Flanagan. “Lower Merion Township has been so supportive in helping us make this event a reality.”

“Having Penn Medicine on board meets our goal of having a world class health system as a lead sponsor for this elite cycling and fundraising event," said Narberth Ambulance President David Zaslow.

“We’re proud to support Narberth Ambulance and the vital work they do in the community, particularly with an event that promotes exercise, health and physical well-being.” said John Gallagher, DNP, Trauma Program Manager at Penn Medicine. “Partnering with local emergency service providers is an important part of our mission to promote health and well-being in the communities we serve, and continue saving the lives of critically injured or ill residents.”

Narberth Ambulance responds to approximately 11,000 calls per year. Many citizens may not know that Narberth Ambulance is a non-profit organization that is not supported by taxpayer dollars.  Less than one percent of the annual operating expenses are provided through grants from the municipalities within the regions that Narberth serves. To support its “state of readiness,” Narberth Ambulance has developed a series of sponsorship opportunities which provide heightened visibility before and during the event.  To learn about sponsorship packages, contact John Roussis, Executive Director, at 610-645-0200.

The event is being coordinated with the professional assistance of Human Zoom Bikes & Boards. Categories for the race include Women’s 5, 3/4/5, and 1/2/3; Men’s 4/5, 3/4, and Men’s Pro 1/2. There are also Master’s 45+ and 55+ categories. Kids in the 4/5/6 and 7/8/9 categories ride without cost. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. and race start times range from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., depending on your category.

Entry fees are $30 or $37, again, depending on your category and kids up to nine years of age race for free. The deadline for online registration is August 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm. An additional $10 fee will be charged if you register the day of the event. There will be no charge for race spectators.

To sign up for the Main Line Bike Race, and to learn specific information on categories, start times and fees, register with BikeReg at

More event details can be found at

Main Line Bike Race, route, Ardmore, Narberth Ambulance

  Main Line Bike Race, August 2017, Ardmore, Narberth Ambulance

(Left to right): Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher B. Flanagan and Executive Director John Roussis receive Penn Medicine’s Diamond level sponsorship from John Gallagher, DNP, Trauma Program Manager at Penn Medicine.

 Main Line Bike Race, August 2017, Ardmore, Narberth Ambulance

Reviewing the race course for the first annual Main Line Bike Race are (left to right): Pearce Flanagan, Volunteer EMT at Narberth Ambulance; John Gallagher, DNP, Trauma Program Manager at Penn Medicine; Tricia Bell, Senior Director of Marketing  at Penn Medicine; Rachel Berger, Marketing Specialist at Penn Medicine; Chief Christopher B. Flanagan of Narberth Ambulance and Executive Director John Roussis of Narberth Ambulance.