Bike to Help! Do the RIDE!

THE RIDE – Moving. Research. Forward

It’s time to get moving for research at The Ottawa Hospital. THE RIDE, powered by Mattamy Homes, returns on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Tunney’s Pasture. This is The Ottawa Hospital’s premier cycling fundraiser, which attracts hundreds of cyclists, of all levels, each year.

The Ottawa Hospital’s RIDE for research will once again inject significant funding into key research projects such as cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, and more.

With a fundraising minimum of $750, THE RIDE will offer three options for cyclists including a 50KM closed route, 117KM open road route, and the Virtual Ride. The Virtual Ride is an ideal option for anyone wanting to participate in THE RIDE but perhaps is not available on September 9. Those cyclists can track their kilometers through THE RIDE app, while out cycling on weekends or spin classes at the gym.

Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, says the funds raised have a significant impact on the work our researchers are doing. “Our cyclists need to know the funds they raise go a long way to support research right here in Ottawa. The Ottawa Hospital leverages every $1 donated to generate up to $10 in external funding.”

Breast cancer survivor Donna Jakowec participated in THE RIDE last year for the first time. She was ready for the 2018 edition as soon as she crossed the finish line. “I felt really well taken care of because of all of the volunteers who were keeping an eye on me. I did THE RIDE on my own and I met some great people. It almost felt like I was on a team.”

THE RIDE is proud to partner with Bike to Work Month to help get residents of our community moving. It’s a wonderful way to connect with those in Ottawa with a passion for cycling and creating a healthier city for everyone.

Be sure to register for THE RIDE. You can register as an individual or create your own team! The EnviroCentre EnviroCycles are looking forward to seeing you out there!