5th Annual Pedal and Run for the Past

Friday, September 11, 2015


View the 2015 Bike Ride photo gallery


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.

<< Read about this year’s Pedal for the Past

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