The United Way of Durham Region’s twelfth annual bike ride fundraiser will look very different this year, but the spirit of the event will stay the same.
That’s according to the organization, who say everyone is invited to pedal around Durham while helping support vulnerable people in the community during the pandemic.
The ride is happening on September 27, but you can connect with other riders virtually and raise money through pledges and donations until then.
Health and safety protocols will be in place and you are required to register for the event.
All courses will begin and end at Taunton Gardens in Whitby.
When you register, you’ll be able to secure a designated start time, between 7:30 and 10 a.m.
Organizers remind you this is a contactless ride and you won’t be allowed to get too close to other participants.
All proceeds will help support local seniors and other vulnerable individuals in Durham through the COVID Relief and Recovery effort.
Some of the funds will support for those facing food precarity, children, and families in crisis.
“As if we needed reminding: The COVID crisis has revealed how interconnected we all are, how the health of us all can depend on helping those most at risk and that the surest way to contribute to a return to any sort of normality or economic security is to help those most vulnerable,” said Robert Howard, Chief Possibility (and Bicycle) Officer, United Way of Durham Region. “That is at the core of building a better and more prosperous community for all. And if anyone has ever gone for a bike ride when they’ve wondered if it was OK not to be OK, I hope they’ll keep riding. And maybe join us.”
A number of routes are available, covering 60 km, 80 km or 100 km. There is also a route that includes some gravel trails and asphalt.
Maps will be handed out at sign-in, there will be free parking available and hydration stations will be set up along the courses.
Anyone is welcome, regardless of cycling ability.
Call 905-436-7377 or click here to sign up.
Photo courtesy of United Way of Durham Region