Ride to raise funds for United Way

Registration is now open for United Way Greater Simcoe County’s (UWGSC) new signature fundraiser 100K for United Way.
This cycling event, set for Sunday, Oct. 5 and centred at the Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, has three routes to encourage everyone to join in: a 25km route that shares the rail trail for part of its journey, a hillier 60km challenge, and a 100km ride that will give riders plenty of time to appreciate the fall colours. All routes are OPP escorted, marshalled, have tech support and at least one official rest stop.
“After our inaugural efforts last year, it was clear our region has both the appetite and energy for this fun-filled initiative,” says UWGSC CEO Alison Pickard. “We are proud to bring it back this year and highlight the 100K for United Way as our signature event in 2014. We welcome individual participants, families, teams, corporate groups and friends to register online, get their fundraising done in time to qualify for the early-bird draw, and then join us in the fall to wrap up the cycling season in style!”
All participants fulfilling their minimum donation requirement of $500 by July 1st will be entered into a draw for a new Valence Alloy A2 Norco Bicycle valued at $1,160. Prize sponsor Mark Matthews, owner of Midland’s Total Sports – The Bike Shop, says the 2013 event was extremely well run, and expects even more riders to come out this year.
“This event is a great way to reap the physical, mental health, social and environmental benefits of riding, while also raising money and awareness for United Way Greater Simcoe County,” Matthews says. “It’s important to me that the funds United Way raises stay local. We’re a store that needs the community’s support and this is a way we can give back.”
Graeme Murray, 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist in sledge hockey and 2013 World Champion, will not only join the ride for a second time, but will also be available afterwards to answer questions and say a few words at the post-ride luncheon.
“The United Way ride is a challenging yet encouraging ride – great for all ages and abilities,” says Murray. “From fundraising to riding to volunteering, the ride is world-class all around and is a great way to close out the riding season. I’m looking forward to it.”
For registration and event details, visit www.100KforUnitedWay.ca.

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