6th Annual Pedal and Run for the Past

Friday, September 9, 2016

View the 2016 Bike Ride photo gallery

On September 9, forty cyclists and walkers gathered at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons to enjoy what may have been the last warm weather of a very hot summer, and take part in the Friends of The OPP Museum’s sixth annual Pedal for the Past (P4P) fundraising event. All of the participants were enthused about the scenic road routes and paved trails, excellent support and facilities provided by our hosts. The start and finish line for all events was on the Trans-Canada trail, accessed through a path immediately adjacent to the parking lot staging area.

We were happy for the return of Brendan Matheson of Cycle Simcoe, and professional coaches Andrew Watson (100K road route) and Paige Royal (50K roads route), who offered pre-ride and ride support for cyclists. Yoga instructor Rosanna Shillolo provided early afternoon exercises for our volunteers, and then later in the day several sessions for our participants to relax and stretch out some of the post event tightness. Friends’ member, retired Sergeant Peter McGuinness led four Red Cross volunteers who by the end of the day enthusiastically signed up for next year’s event. Midland OPP Auxiliary, Courtney Parker provided support throughout the day. Dave and Fran Reid were back and provided their great catering services, including a trailer full of tents, commercial BBQ, freezer and tables. Of particular note, we helped to celebrate this their 39th wedding anniversary. There were prizes for all participants and volunteers.

This year offered the most options ever for participants. For riders there was a 25-km paved rail trail ride, and a 50 km and 100 km road ride across the Cycle Simcoe Heart of Georgian routes. Riders and runners had the option of traveling up to 19 kms. along the Midland waterfront or taking part in one of three fun walks, at adjacent attractions at Wye Marsh, Martyr’s Shrine or Sainte-Marie among the Hurons.

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. A few participants brought their families to the barbecue to help them celebrate their accomplishment.

We were able to outsell our last year total of P4P 50/50 lottery tickets due the effort of numerous people that sold books of tickets on our behalf. The winner was drawn at the end of the barbeque. Dan Palermo purchased his ticket at the OPPA Credit Union and was very pleased to receive a cheque for $1,827.50. Thank you to all of our supporters.

Our guest speakers at the barbeque were Will Baird, Manager of Huronia Parks; Scott Warnock, Tay Twp. Mayor, Garry Marshall, Penetanguishene Mayor and County Warden, and Commissioner Vince Hawkes. Inspector Andrew Ferguson, Detachment Commander, and George Cornell, Tiny Twp. Mayor also recognized for attending. Commissioner Hawkes mentioned the waning attendance in his speech, and asked each participant to encourage one other person to take part next year so that we will increase participation at such a great event.

P4P organizer and Friends’ President Dave Osborne echoed the Commissioner’s sentiment; “I thank our team of volunteers for making this the best-organized and smooth running event to date. This was a fabulous location and we need to ensure more people enjoy what this locale has to offer. I would again like to recognize and thank our generous sponsors who guaranteed a profitable and fun event again this year, and ensured every dollar raised by our participants will go directly to our charity. I hope we can make next year our biggest and best event yet.”

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