Annual Bike Ride
6th Annual Pedal and Run for the Past
September 9, 2016
CYCLISTS, RUNNERS AND WALKERS… BE THE FIRST TO REGISTER!
ALL rides, runs and walks begin and end at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons 16164 Highway 12 East, Midland, Ontario on Friday, September 9, 2016.
Check-in/registration/jersey-pick-up/coffee & muffins will be available at 9:30 a.m.
The Heart of Georgian Bay – Penetanguishene Loop 100 km road ride begins at 11:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 10:30 a.m.
The Heart of Georgian Bay – Balm Beach Loop 50 km road ride begins at 1:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 12:15 p.m.
The 25 km road ride begins at 1:00 p.m. and will travel along the paved trail to Sturgeon Bay (and Coldwater). Please arrive no later than 12:15 p.m.
Cycling professionals Paige Royal and Andrew Watson will be back to coach all riders, and lead the 50 km and 100 km rides respectively. Brendan Matheson from Cycle Simcoe will also be available to provide advice and answer your questions.
Runners and Walkers
The run and walk takes place on the Trans-Canada Trail along the shores of Midland Bay. For those interested, an alternative heritage walk through Martyr’s Shrine and Wye Marsh is possible.
Midland Waterfront Trail is a nice stroll or easy run along the flat, paved shoreline trail. For the more serious runner, the Mini-marathon (19 km) route will be more of challenge, all along the waterfront. Both runs and walks begin at 1:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 12:15 p.m.
Signed Waiver and Release of Liability forms, any pledges and pledge forms, and the balance of your registration fee will have to be submitted by September 9, 2016.
ALL RIDERS and RUNNERS and WALKERS must pre-register with a non-refundable $50.00 deposit. (This will guarantee your spot and ensure you get your preferred jersey size).
EARLY BIRD PRIZES – All participants registered by June 30, 2016 will be eligible to win one of three early bird prizes (pair of Blue Jay tickets, restaurant coupons, etc.).
- The remainder of the pledges (MINIMUM $200.00 in pledges for all Bike Riders and MINIMUM $100.00 in pledges for all Runners and Walkers) are due on the day of the event (but can be submitted in advance if desired)
- Registration forms can be sent by email to Jennifer Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (705) 329-6618:
- Deposits and pledges can be paid by Visa/Mastercard on-line. Be sure to include the name of the participant being sponsored in the comments section); make cheques payable to Friends of The OPP Museum; cash may be dropped off in person in the red mailbox at the museum gallery’s entrance or to an employee. Do not mail cash.
- Once again for 2016! You may register up to three of your children (between the ages of 8 and 18) to participate with you for FREE. Children are the responsibility of their parent at all times during the event.
- Late registrants may still register after June 30th, however, limited custom event jerseys will be available on a first come – first served basis on event-day.
5th Annual Pedal and Run for the Past
September 11, 2015
On September 11, 2015 after a mist of morning rain, almost 50 cyclists, runners and walkers teamed up at Hardwood Ski and Bike to enjoy a picture-perfect fall day in the hills and rustic scenery of Oro-Medonte to help raise approximately $20,000 in The Friends of The OPP Museum’s fifth annual Pedal (and Run) for the Past (P4P) fundraising event. Seeing so many enthusiastic cyclists on the roads of Oro and the Hardwood trails wearing the Friends cycling jersey was an inspiring sight and helped raise the profile of both the Friends and the Museum.
This event is the Friends’ main annual fundraiser, and over the preceding four years has raised almost $80,000 towards preserving and promoting the history of the OPP. As in previous years, participants included serving and retired OPP members, other police partners and members of the community.
Just over half of the participants chose to ride either the 50-kilometre or the more challenging 82-kilometre ‘Oro Hills Challenge’ road routes. The rest tried out their skills on the trails of Hardwood Ski and Bike, the site of the mountain bike races for the Pan Am Games this past summer. Also, as a result of feedback from previous years, 15 participants took advantage of a run/walk through the trails of Hardwood, which are normally open only to cyclists. A few even tackled the 11-kilometre ‘Serious’ trail.
Throughout, Velocity Bike Shop of Orillia provided enroute mechanical and emergency support, Brendan Matheson of Cycle Simcoe and professional coaches Andrew Watson (Trails) and Paige Royal (Roads) offered pre-ride and ride support for cyclists. At the end of the route, riders and runners took advantage of free massage and chiropractic sessions, courtesy of Jacqueline Duffy, RMT, and Dr. Matt Tribe, Chiropractor before the celebratory barbecue got underway. A big thanks goes to Dave and Fran Reid for providing their catering services, including a trailer full of tents, BBQ, freezer and tables.
Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes attended the barbeque, and good-humouredly told the crowd that municipal council could be credited with the perfect weather, as they had passed an order in council to ensure participants and the many volunteers would enjoy one of the top cycling areas in the Province. Along with our inaugural 50/50 draw, there were a variety of door prizes donated by our sponsors.
Riders had to raise at least $200, and runners $100, in sponsorships to participate in the event. In return, they received a quality, custom-designed jersey, support, entrance to a variety of draws for prizes and the barbecue. Several participants brought their families to the barbecue to help them celebrate their accomplishment.
Friends of The OPP Museum thanks everyone involved in this year’s event, including sponsors, volunteers and participants. Every dollar raised goes toward our mandate of supporting The OPP Museum.
Planning is already underway for our 2016 event, which will be held on Friday September 9th, 2016 at Ste Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, and feature routes and trails through the scenic hills of Tiny and Tay townships and the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene. Keep an eye on our website for more information.
4th Annual Pedal for the Past Bike Ride
Friday, September 5th, 2014
The 4th Annual Pedal for the Past Bike Ride was held on Friday, September 5, 2014. The ride started and finished at Hardwood Ski and Bike, a wonderful outdoor recreation area on Old Barrie Road in beautiful Oro-Medonte Township.
There were plenty of rides to choose from including NEW 50km and 100km road routes through Oro-Medonte and a variety of NEW trail rides for all levels at Hardwood Ski and Bike. Participants raised pledges to support the work of the Friends and Museum in preserving the history of the OPP and policing in Ontario.
Each participant received a high quality jersey, support during the ride, a snack and surprise-filled goody bag, and an invitation to a post-event barbecue at Hardwood Ski and Bike. Our popular “stretch and cool down” yoga sessions also helped everyone loosen up after the ride.
3rd Annual Pedal for the Past Bike Ride
Friday, September 6th, 2013
Cyclists from Orillia, Oro-Medonte and other parts of Ontario came to OPP General Headquarters on September 6, 2013 for the third annual Friends of The OPP Museum Pedal for the Past fundraising bike ride. More than $15,000 was raised. These funds will be donated to the Museum to help complete the restoration and conservation of the rare 1931 Henderson motorcycle in its collection. Known as the oldest known surviving original OPP vehicle, Museum staff plan to mark its return to OPP GHQ in 2014 with a fitting celebration. Special thanks to all who participated, pledged, sponsored and volunteered!