September 7, 2008

Thousands Attend Inaugural Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic

The Inaugural Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic drew thousands of spectators and some of the nation's elite athletes to downtown Ann Arbor. More than 200 cyclists competed in the pro-am cycling race around the 1.35 kilometer circuit, reaching speeds of almost 40 miles per hour. The Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic featured a $30,000 purse with a series of six separate races. Riders from the Priority Health Cycling Team were among the athletes to compete.

"World-class cyclists and Ann Arbor's enthusiastic cycling and sports fans made the Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic one of the most exciting events of the season," said Kimberly K. Horn, president and CEO of Priority Health. "We are grateful for the partnership of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, which allowed us to bring a race of this caliber to Ann Arbor."

This year's top winners of the Priority Health Cycling Classic include:

-- Sr. Women's (Category 2-4): Emily Walling of Team Dayton

-- Masters 35+ (Category 1-4): David Stone of Scarlet Fire

-- Sr. Men's (Category 2 & 3): Nathaniel Williams of West Michigan Coast Riders

-- Sr. Women's (Category 1-2): Tina Pic of Colavita/Sutter Home presented by Cooking Light

-- Men's Pro 1: Ken Hanson of California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized

The Saint Joseph Mercy Medical Group Kids Race featured four races for children ages 9 and under. Nearly 100 kids participated as they rode their bikes around the race course in downtown Ann Arbor.

Race results and details about the Priority Health Ann Arbor Cycling Classic can be found at

About Priority Health

Priority Health is a nationally recognized health plan company based in Michigan. It serves more than a half million members with a broad portfolio of products including commercial and government health plans. A nonprofit dedicated to providing all people access to affordable health care, Priority Health ranks eleventh in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Priority Health employs 1,000 people throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula with offices in Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Traverse City. For more information, visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Trinity Health, is a health care organization serving Washtenaw, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, western Wayne and southwestern Oakland counties. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital with 74 beds, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell with 136 beds and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia with 304 beds. Combined the four hospitals are licensed for 1,051 beds, employ more than 8,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 1,500 physicians. For more information on Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit