OUT-SPOK’N IX 2019
What is it?
It's time for our 9th bike-a-thon raising funds for affordable housing. All donations from this year's event will go towards the development of a new project in Waterloo Region.
Everyone needs a safe, affordable place to call home. The waiting list for affordable housing in our community rose 40% last year to over 4,400 households. MennoHomes is in the early stages of developing an exciting new project in Waterloo Region. Your support is important to help make this project a success.
What happens at the bike-a-thon?
Registration starts at 9:00. (if you register online, this process is much quicker!) At 9:30 we will gather for a short greeting along with some words of instruction. Everyone then proceeds to the Kissing Bridge Trail and either head towards West Montrose or Wallenstein. (approx 16 km round-trip either way)
You can travel alone, with your friends, or with someone you've just met. It's not a race! Some participants complete the full 32 km loop while others just go part way. A stop for ice cream in West Montrose is a highlight for many.
We ask that you pace yourself so that everyone is back at the church for a BBQ lunch at noon. After the lunch and door prizes, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your day.
What about the other events?
Participants in the 75km ride have to get up a little earlier.: A group leaves from St. Jacobs at 7:00, stops at a location in Elmira at 7:30 so that additional riders can join them, bikes to the Shand Dam, enjoys a mid-bike breakfast and returns to Elmira for lunch.
How does this support affordable housing?
There is no charge for the event. Participants are asked to raise donations through sponsorship. All donations are tax receiptable. Corporate sponsors cover the expenses for the event so all donations will go directly towards the construction of new affordable housing in Waterloo Region.
Do I have to register in advance?
Registering in advance allows us to plan for the meal but we certainly welcome people who register in-person on the Saturday morning of the event. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.
If you register online, you can personalize an online fundraising page to promote the ride and raise support. This also makes it easier for people sponsoring you to make a donation via credit card.
What do I do now?
Mark your calendar, register online, and then invite others to join you or sponsor you. You can download a copy of the poster HERE, a copy of the pledge sponsorship form HERE, and a copy of the route map HERE.
Everyone is welcome to participate. You can attend on your own, with a group of friends, or even as a team.
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