Dr. Michael Lutz, of Birmingham, is an avid cyclist and founder of the Foundation for Male Health at the Michigan Institute of Urology.
BIRMINGHAM: Every fall, Birmingham urologist Michael Lutz hosts a huge exhibition with disease-free screenings for men in need of the Detroit subway.
But months before this massive undertaking takes place, he likes to hold some minor events to make sure the exhibition has the funds to help as many guys as possible.
This is what will happen on Monday, June 14, when local cyclists gather for a walk and a beer at the annual Cogs and Kegs fundraiser. After a hiatus last year due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the event is once again raising awareness of men’s health issues and also raising some money to support medical care for men. neighbors who need it through the Men’s Health Foundation, founded by Lutz.
“Teeth and barrels is like a reaffirmation of health and well-being. People who go out believe in health, believe in well-being and do it for the right reasons, ”Lutz said of the event, which usually attracts about 250 avid cyclists.“ They support those who can’t. raising money, to support those who may not be so lucky. “
Cyclists will be able to choose between a casual 10-mile ride or a 30-mile ride on the Detroit Metro. Both routes start and end at the Griffin Claw Brewery in Birmingham Rail District.
The 30-mile ride will honor MHF’s late friend and cyclist Danny Klein, who will raise awareness of the safety issues of cyclists sharing the road. Pilots on both routes will be escorted by Michigan state police.
“(Klein) was a murdered individual at Woodward in Berkley, so the busiest trip we call‘ Danny’s Ride for the Ribbon, ’” Lutz said.
The brewery hosts the event with special food and beer in the outdoor courtyard. Participants aged 21 and over can enjoy a Mr. Beer. 16-ounce Blue Sky with other participants after the trip.
“That’s why we call them gears and barrels. We want people to understand you on the bike before drinking, not the other way around, ”said Lutz, laughing. “We’re very specific about how we do it.”
Kyle VanDeventer, Griffin Claw’s sales director, said the brewery is “so excited” to host the event again.
“We love sharing the experience with all participants to raise funds and raise awareness for all the work the foundation does year after year to promote men’s health,” VanDeventer said in an email. “We are very excited to see everyone again and look forward to meeting some new faces for a great cause.”
Along with an iced beer, attendees will get a sock with the event logo, provided by American Cycle and Fitness. Students can participate at a reduced price and first-time attendees will not have to pay anything. This year’s gears and barrels will serve as a fundraiser and celebration for those in the community who risked their own health while serving on the front line of the COVID-19 response.
“Our first attendees, from anywhere, are invited to be our guests in the evening,” Lutz said. “What better way to get out of a cycling event with a family night out for a good cause?”
The event will begin with basic health tests, including blood pressure and BMI assessments, and Kroger will offer free COVID-19 vaccines.
The 30-mile journey begins at 6:30 p.m., and the 10-mile journey begins at 7 p.m. To join either route, cyclists can register online for $ 30. Cyclists who register on the day will pay $ 35. For more information or to register for the Men’s Foundation’s Cogs and Kegs event, visit miumenshealth foundation.org.
The Griffin Claw Brewery is located at 575 S. Eton Street in Birmingham.