Mclean Hospital

The Ride for Mental Health: Making Year Three The Biggest Yet

February 20, 2019

What started as an experiment has turned into a flourishing annual event that is changing the conversation about mental illness. Mac Dorris founded The Ride for Mental Health to support McLean, but also to pay tribute to his son Eric, who died at age 21 in 2016 and who had struggled with mental illness.

“We had 100 riders the first year, 252 the second year, and we’d like to have 400 riders this year,” said Mac, who has now raised $250,000 for McLean through the Ride.

The 2019 Ride is scheduled for June 22-23 in New Paltz, New York. Cyclists can choose courses of 14, 25, 50, 75, or 100 miles through the gorgeous terrain of the Hudson Valley to support McLean. Early registrants are also invited to dinner in the Mohonk Preserve, with entertainment and guest speakers.

“Mac has done a tremendous job working to reduce the stigma of mental illness through this event,” said Lori Etringer, MBA, McLean’s chief development officer, who has participated since the event’s creation in 2017. “It is a fantastic event and I encourage the McLean community to join me in June.”

Etringer is creating “Team McLean,” and as team captain, she hopes to inspire others to ride along with her. Riders of all abilities are welcome, and the variety of course terrain and length appeal to both recreational and serious cyclists. For those who don’t ride, joining “Team McLean” as an event volunteer is a great option.

To register as a rider, volunteer, or learn more about the event, visit register now or contact Lori Etringer. Be sure to join “Team McLean” when you register.