Guest column: 16th annual Pepsi-Cola Taylor House Century Ride July 16

The 16th annual Pepsi-Cola Taylor House Century Ride begins at 7 a.m. July 16.

Proceeds benefit The Taylor House, a service of Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH).

The Taylor House is a warm, caring place to call home for people receiving outpatient treatment at NAH's Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) or for families who have a loved one in the hospital.

The 95-mile route, which begins at FMC, takes riders through Flagstaff and Wupatki and Sunset Crater national monuments, and then back to FMC. Loops of 65-, 45- and 30-miles are available to those who wish to ride shorter distances. All routes wind through historic Flagstaff, then loop through the cool pines and high desert of Northern Arizona. Riders will be served a catered lunch at the end of the ride.

Registration is $60 per person. On a first-come, first-served basis, cyclists will receive a 2016 commemorative t-shirt and water bottle. Donors who give $150 will receive a $35 Absolute Bikes gift certificate, commemorative t-shirt and water bottle; donors who give $500 will receive a $75 Absolute Bikes gift certificate, commemorative t-shirt and water bottle; and donors who give $750 will receive a $100 Absolute Bikes gift certificate, commemorative t-shirt and water bottle.

More information or to register is available by visiting absolutebikes.net/community/events/taylor-house/ or call NAH Foundation at 877-527-5291. Entry forms are also available at the FMC Foundation office, 1050 N. San Francisco St., in Flagstaff; and at both Absolute Bikes locations at 200 E. Route 66, in Flagstaff and 6101 Hwy. 179, in the Village of Oak Creek.

Northern Arizona Healthcare is creating healthier communities by providing wellness, prevention and medical care through Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center - Sedona Campus, Northern Arizona Healthcare - Camp Verde Campus, Northern Arizona Healthcare Medical Group - Flagstaff, Verde Valley Medical Clinic, the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, Northern Arizona Healthcare Orthopedic Surgery Center, EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine, the Bariatric Surgical Weight Loss Clinic, the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona - Cottonwood, the Sleep Center, Guardian Air and Guardian Medical Transport. We also provide comprehensive imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services throughout the region. Many of the services we provide receive major funding through the NAH Foundation, including Fit Kids of Arizona, The Taylor House and Valley View Care.

More information is available from Northern Arizona Healthcare programs and services by visiting NAHealth.com.

Sophia Papa,

Public Relations

Communications Department

Northern Arizona Healthcare

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