Independence Blue Cross named title sponsor of 2018 Main Line Bike Race, Sunday, August 12

Main Line Bike Race

Ahead of hundreds of cyclists set to roll into town next month, Narberth Ambulance is proud to announce Independence Blue Cross as title sponsor of the 2018 Main Line Bike Race. The second annual cycling event, which benefits Narberth Ambulance, is set to hit the streets of Ardmore on Sunday, August 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have a first-class organization like Independence Blue Cross join our team as the title sponsor of this year’s race,” said Narberth Ambulance President David R. Zaslow. “For eight decades, Independence Blue Cross has been committed to promoting the health and safety of the five-county region. Showing its support of this event speaks volumes of its dedication to this community.”

Independence Blue Cross is part of a growing list of race sponsors, including the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, Lower Merion Township, Lower Merion Township Police, the Ardmore Business Association, and many others, who will also play an important role in ensuring the event’s success.

“At Independence, we are passionate about promoting activities that improve the health and well-being of the communities we have served for 80 years,” said Daniel J. Hilferty, Independence Blue Cross President and CEO. “That’s why we are proud to support the Main Line Bike Race, which inspires so many people to be active and to find what we like to call their ‘Fearless Fit.’”

“A sponsorship of this nature drives home the growing collaboration and mutual respect between pre-hospital care providers and the health insurance community,” said Narberth Ambulance Executive Director John Roussis.

“Our two organizations share a common goal of keeping our community strong and vital,” said Narberth Ambulance Chief Christopher B. Flanagan. “When it comes to providing affordable, high-quality health insurance, they are industry leaders. We are so fortunate to have them as the title sponsor.”

The region’s top cyclists are expected to compete in the six corner criterium-style race. The competition consists of multiple laps around a one-mile loop through Ardmore’s business district along Lancaster and Ardmore avenues, School Lane, Cricket and East Athens avenues and Rittenhouse Place. Last year, spectators packed the sidewalks to cheer on the athletes who participated in the event, which also features a community ride/race for children, a food donation drive and a variety of community-focused activities throughout the day.

Proceeds from the event benefit Narberth Ambulance. Medical equipment, training and emergency preparedness become more expensive each year. Narberth Ambulance is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning it relies on donations and the support of the nearly 145,000 residents it serves living in Lower Merion, Narberth, Haverford, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. It needs their support to maintain the high level of life-saving service and state-of-the-art equipment they expect in a time of need.

Online race registration is due by Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. To register or for more information, visit MainLineBikeRace.com

About Narberth Ambulance
Narberth Ambulance is a nonprofit organization committed to providing excellent pre-hospital care and medical transportation to the 145,000 community members living in Lower Merion, Narberth, Haverford, Conshohocken and West Conshohocken. In 2017, Narberth Ambulance responded to 9,973 calls for emergency medical and advanced life-saving support services. To learn more about Narberth Ambulance, visit narberthambulance.org.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 8.5 million people in 28 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Media contact:
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