The Big Bike chal­lenge

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

The Big Bike re­turns to Alexan­dria May 2, but this may be the last year the mega wheels roll through town.

Staff at the On­tario Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion’s Corn­wall area of­fice cau­tions that Alexan­dria may be re­moved from the itin­er­ary if more teams don’t come out for the 2018 fund-rais­ing ride.

Eight teams are re­quired to bring the bike to a com­mu­nity. Last year, four teams took part in the Alexan­dria event. So far this year, only two groups have signed up, says area co­or­di­na­tor Michelle O’Shaugh­nessy.

Re­cruit­ment may be more dif­fi­cult in North Glen­garry be­cause there are few ma­jor em­ploy­ers. How­ever, sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions can get to­gether to form one team, notes Ms. O’Shaugh­nessy.

While there are 29 seats on the bike, teams of all sizes can take part; 14 ped­alers are enough to get and keep the bike rolling.

Riders are en­cour­aged to raise a min­i­mum of $50 each to par­tic­i­pate.

The rides will be­gin at the Char­trand Your In­de­pen­dent Gro­cer store. The first ride is at 9 a.m. Each ride lasts ten to 15 min­utes and cov­ers about two kilo­me­tres.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit big­, e-mail michelle.os­haugh­[email protected]­ or call 613-938-8933.

“It takes a big heart to ride a big bike” is one of the lines the foun­da­tion uses to pro­mote the pro­gram, which marks its 25th an­niver­sary this year.

How­ever, you don’t have to be su­per fit to do your bit.

The Big Bike is par­tially about in­creas­ing your heart rate and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, but it is also a team-build­ing ex­er­cise. The bike is pedal-pow­ered, but when you and your team­mates pedal to­gether, it is not overly stren­u­ous. You can make it a work­out for your­self, or work to­gether with your team­mates to keep the bike mov­ing. Please be aware that you do need to be at least 14 and able to climb onto the bike un­aided.

If your team raises $5,000 or more, you will all re­ceive a Big Bike Medal on event day

Last year, con­tin­gents from L’École sec­ondaire catholique Le Re­lais, Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glen­garry, the Glen­garry In­ter-Agency Group, and Caisse pop­u­laire de la Val­lée also par­tic­i­pated.

Ev­ery year, across the coun­try, Big Bike ped­alers raise more than $8 mil­lion to fund crit­i­cal re­search.

Other rides in this area take place in Hawkes­bury, Van­kleek Hill and Corn­wall.

The foun­da­tion notes that the Big Bike is a unique op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to have fun while rais­ing funds for a good cause.

By rid­ing the Big Bike, you can help change this alarm­ing statis­tic: Ev­ery seven min­utes in Canada, a life is lost due to heart dis­ease or stroke.


TEAM SPIRIT: The Big Bike is a team-build­ing ex­er­cise that gets the blood mov­ing and helps a good cause.

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