The Big Bike challenge
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 bigbike.ca, e-mail michelle.oshaugh[email protected]stroke.ca 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.