The BC Lung Association’s 29th Annual Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath united some 300 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia this past weekend, September 7 and 8th, to raise funds for vital lung health research, programs and initiatives.
The 2-day, 200km ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back was everything a Bike Trek should be: beautiful, challenging and in the end, very rewarding. Cyclists shared laughs, forged friendships and reached personal goals—while riding for a cause they believe in.
To participate, cyclists raised a minimum donation of $500 and in return, traveled a fully supported bike route from start to finish, with rest stops, food to fuel the journey, fabulous scenery and a slew of fundraising incentive prizes!
Left to right: Gregor, Natasha, Robert, Mom Charlotte and Sean
Charlotte Snowsell was surprised when her children showed up from London, England, Los Angeles, Toronto and Victoria to celebrate her birthday and cycle alongside Mom Charlotte who has travelled the 200km in support of lung health annually for many years.
Left to right: Luc, Grandmother Sue, Grandad Peter, Mom Belinda with son Joel.
Grandsons Luc and Joel (and Joel’s Mom Belinda) joined grandparents Sue and Peter Tomliens – long-time Trek veterans – for the annual ride. Luc, new to cycling, only started training in June after a few weeks holidays at his Grandparents place, and is already looking forward to next year. He and cousin Joel were the youngest riders this year, both 11 years of age.
So far the 2013 Bike Trek event has raised over $200,000, contributing to the total $5.8 million raised during the event’s 29-year lifespan. However post-event fundraising continues until October 1, 2013 and organizers hope to push that number even higher!