Hundreds turn out for VeloCity Atlanta 2018

On Saturday, several hundred people participated in VeloCity Atlanta.  

The special fundraising event combined a love for cycling with a love for Grady Memorial Hospital.

“Grady really grew up with Atlanta,” said Renay Blumenthal, president of Grady Health Foundation. “And Atlanta grew up with Grady. Grady is an Atlanta treasure. It not only takes care of the underserved but it also provides highly specialized care in trauma, stroke, burn services. … We couldn’t get large events like the Super Bowl without having a level I trauma hospital.” 

Cyclists wait to start one of the races during the first annual VeloCity that began at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The proceeds from the event benefit Grady Memorial Hospital. (REANN HUBER/REANN.HUBER@AJC.COM) (Reann Huber)

The idea for the event came from Grady Health Foundation board member John Gregg who is president and CEO of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. Gregg, an avid cyclist, had seen other cities host citywide cycling events and thought why not here in Atlanta?

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Blumenthal said, “Hopefully, it will become part of the fabric of sporting events in Atlanta.”

People participate in games at Georgia International Plaza after finishing their race during the first annual VeloCity cycling event in Atlanta on Saturday, May 5, 2018. (REANN HUBER/REANN.HUBER@AJC.COM) (Reann Huber)

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