Great Ride ‘n’ Stride ready to roll rain or shine

Teams and individual walkers, riders and in-line skaters are gearing up for what will, hopefully, be a sunny day at the annual Ride ‘n’ Stride in New Hamburg this Sunday.

Every spring, local walkers, runners and bikers hit the streets for the event that raises money to help make cancer history.

The fight against cancer matters to many. Some participants support a loved one battling the disease. Others are honouring friends or family who have passed away.

New Hamburg’s annual Ride ‘n’ Stride is planned for May 1 and organizers are still looking for volunteers and fundraisers. Registration is open now and more information is available at www.greatride.ca.

New Hamburg usually runs a very successful event, raising more money per person than many bigger towns. The local Ride ’n’ Stride collected $36,000 last year.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, there were 174,000 new cancer cases last year, and the disease killed 76,000 Canadians. Lung, breast, and prostate cancers are the most common, making up over 80 per cent of all cases.

Participants are asked to register for this year’s Ride starting at 11:30 a.m. and running to 12:30 p.m. at the Magnussen Business Centre on Hincks Street. Participants set out on foot, bike and blade beginning at 1 p.m.

The Canadian Cancer Society Great Ride ‘n’ Stride is one of the longest running Canadian Cancer Society “a-thon” events. In 1968, the first “Ladies Ride for Cancer” was held in Thamesford, Ontario. More than 30 years after this inaugural event, Canadian Cancer Society Great Ride ‘n’ Stride is still going strong.

Thanks to supporters all across Ontario the Canadian Cancer Society Great Ride ‘n’ Stride has raised more than $6.4 million for cancer research and support services for people living with cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society Great Ride ‘n’ Stride takes place rain or shine so please be sure to check your local weather forecast and bring the appropriate clothing for the day.

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