The valley’s biggest dance party serves no alcohol and starts at 9 a.m. on a Sunday.

For four straight hours costumed participants in Rock the Ride pedal, sing and shake pompoms to raise money for stroke and cardiac patients.

During this year’s installment on Sunday three instructors from Revolution Indoor Cycling led 227 riders on 57 teams through a quadruple-length cycling class with DJ GRND CNYN, a drummer in a pink bunny suit and several teams of cheerleaders.

Bank robbers, space babes, a school of clown fish, disco dancers and superheroes in spandex, glitter and tiaras sweated their way through the event.

Several people who have survived a cardiac event took the microphone to relay their stories.

“I dropped dead in the emergency room from a full-blown heart attack,” said Rick Walls, 61, who had always had high cholesterol but ignored it. “Don’t think you’re invincible. Do your research, take the medicine. Let’s go another many decades together.”

At age 44 Patrick King was transferred from St. John’s Medical Center to the University of Utah’s cardiac intensive care unit to be treated for endocarditis, a condition in which bacteria erode heart valves.

“I’ve been the recipient of some of this fundraising,” King said. “To have this available is a wonderful gift.”

Architect Katie Wilson of the Jackson Bike Babes said she was proud of Revolution owner Julie Guttormson, a stroke survivor, “for raising money and awareness of diseases that affect more people than we think.”

From her perch on an instructor bike on a raised dais Guttormson thanked the room for being part of the party and the cause.

“You never know what life will bring you,” she said.

With the proceeds from last year’s fundraiser and this one the St. John’s Hospital Foundation intends to purchase a new cardiac ultrasound machine at a price tag of about $125,000. This year’s event had raised roughly $80,000 by press time. The fundraising website will remain live a few more days.

Rock the Ride 2019

Kate Wienman cheers on her teammate Brit Hastings, both of team Disgo. With the proceeds from last year’s fundraiser and this one the St. John’s Hospital Foundation intends to purchase a $125,000 cardiac ultrasound machine. At press time Sunday’s event had raised about $80,000.

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071, or @JHNGeditor on Twitter.

Johanna Love steers the newsroom as editor. Her time off is occupied by kid, dog, biking, camping and art. She loves to hear from readers with story tips, kudos, criticism and questions.

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