Tour de Ford 2013

Tour de Ford Bike Ride Supports Southeast Michigan Patients

LANSING, Mich.— Hundreds of cyclists will hit the pavement on Sunday, Sept. 15 to participate in Henry Ford Health System’s fourth annual 2013 Tour de Ford bike ride. The event benefits the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care, medication, equipment, medical supplies and social services to uninsured Henry Ford patients throughout Southeast Michigan.

“We’re proud of the success Tour de Ford has enjoyed since the inaugural ride in 2009,” says Ronald Otero, M.D., a Henry Ford Hospital Emergency Medicine physician and coordinator of Tour de Ford. “Each year we’ve increased participation, and this year we anticipate nearly 1,000 riders. It’s a family-friendly event for novice and veteran riders and everyone in between and highlights the importance of having safe and bikeable communities to improve physical health.”

The Tour offers a 10 mile, 35 mile and 70 mile route to accommodate riders of all skill levels. Each route starts and finishes at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The 2012 ride raised more than $35,000 for the Tom Groth Medical Needs Fund.

The event is endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports through the Pure Michigan FITness Series. To see other endorsed events across the state visit To register for the Tour de Ford visit 

The Michigan Fitness Foundation envisions a physically educated population with the knowledge and skills to enjoy a healthy, vigorous and safe lifestyle in communities designed to support physical activity.  For more information, visit