Well, it’s official – the Bike 4 MPS II Charity Ride has come and gone, and we couldn’t be happier with the results for our inaugural year. With over 130 participants, and more than 60 volunteers we had a great turn out. On Sunday, October 5th, the bike ride started at 10AM, led by Olympic gold medalist Adam van Koeverden and the Argon 18 van. Following the last rider out was the National Cycling Centre Hamilton (NCCH) car.

Once riders reached the 30km and 40km split intersection, they had a chance to refuel with some HoneyMaxx sports drink. The all-natural beverage was kindly donated by HoneyMaxx, and reports from volunteers say it was a hit. While the riders trekked on, the walkathon was taking off.

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The 5km walkathon around the town of Dundas was led by Olympian Perdita Felicien. The scenic walk returned to a cheering party at the gate of the park, decked out with balloons to welcome the returning walkers. The walkers were the first to try the delicious barbecue lunch from Cumbrae’s that was well received and well earned by all participants. Walkers and riders ate their lunch while enjoying the beautiful music of SteelRiver Duo.

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As the last of the riders trickled in, the most anticipated part was still to come – the Argon 18 Krypton 2014 bike giveaway. Although he had already left the park, Wesley Wilson was the lucky winner.

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We also announced our Top Three Fundraisers and their prizes. They were:

1st Prize: A lunch & ride with Michael Barry (Shawn Gillingham, Vancouver)

2nd Prize: Hiking Poles and Adventure Attic gift certificates (Cameron Gilbert, Toronto)

3rd Prize: Beanermunkey Chocolate gift certificate (Alex Cairns, Toronto)

Of course, none of this would have happened without the help of our fantastic volunteers. From registration, to event greeters, to route marshals every single one helped make Bike 4 MPS II a great event. All of our partners were also key to making this day a great success. We cannot express our thanks enough to each and every one of them.

For us, Bike 4 MPS II counts as a major success if only for all the smiles and laughter we saw and heard in Dundas Driving Park that day. Thank you to everyone who came out as we were able to raise awareness not only for MPS II, but all rare diseases . We also raised $23, 300!

The entire Bike 4 MPS II team is so pleased with the way the ride came together, and are grateful to everyone who helped to make it possible. You can view more of the photos of the event from Hogtown Studios here (password: aj). Here’s looking at next year!

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