Tour for Kids 2010 - What an Experience!

This past weekend several BCCers were involved in what can only be described as an incredibly moving and worthwhile cause. August 19 to 22nd marked the 7th annual Tour for Kids, a charity bike event whose focus is on supporting three amazing camps that provide support and programming for children and families whose lives have been impacted by childhood cancer.

Even as I type this blog, I am getting goosebumps just remembering some of the stories shared by both childhood cancer survivors and their families, and knowing that simply by asking friends and family for support and then sitting on my saddle and turning the pedals for four days, I along with over 500 other riders, have been able to make a positive impact in someone else's life. This year was record-breaking, as the Tour sold out early and over $1 million in donations was raised by the riders participating.

I love events like this because you are able to meet new people, explore new terrain, and basically just have fun on your bike. Sure, the routes are challenging at times, and yes, it did rain on us for a few sections of the ride, but at the end of the day those challenges are nothing as compared to the people who are benefitting from the strength of those invovled.

The support team behind this event is amazing, the volunteers at each rest station offering to top up a water bottle and supplying yummy snacks and meals can't be beat, and the spirit underlying the entire event is fabulous.

I encourage anyone who has wondered about taking part in this event to do so. You won't be sorry.

Cheers

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Comment by Steve Wolowich on August 25, 2010 at 3:13pm
Nicely said Kerri. Thanks for taking the time to blog on this.

But you forgot to mention the part about how I won more blue sign sprints than you? And how day 2 is very hilly!

Nicely done to all that took part on this very challenging ride. Hope everyone found personal success.
Comment by James on August 25, 2010 at 3:31pm
Well done! This wasn't about the bike per se but about helping those far less fortunate than us. A noble effort by all and BCC was very well represented.

As far as the town sign sprints I heard that some were gift wrapped so as not to bruise fragile egos.
Comment by Kerri on August 25, 2010 at 3:41pm
Okay, first things first Wolowich - you forgot to mention how I managed to win more town sign sprints than you after days 1 AND 2...yes even after Day 2, which was very hilly!
And yes, James, you are right, I got very good at gift wrapping along the way. ;) Yes, the Vanderkitten DOES have claws....
Comment by Steve Wolowich on August 25, 2010 at 5:24pm
Thanks for the nudge Trish. Glad you were able to crush another milestone.

And just so you know my fragile ego has been cracked for a long time so I will take the gift wrapped wins with pleasure. It is amazing how many blue signs one sees on a bike over four days. Think we had 25 plus under our belts by day three? It was fun and helped pass the miles and take my mind off my aches and pains. Did see our Paul Van Dog-Gone-It I am going to win a sprint toss his hands up in the air a few times as well!
Comment by DY on August 25, 2010 at 8:41pm
Really? Paul sprint? Wish I was there to catch that moment! Wicked!
Comment by Dave Adams on August 26, 2010 at 12:50pm
'Thanks for the posting Kerri, it was good to read about the Tour and the kids that benefit from it. Congrats to all who participated and made a difference. Every BCCer should be involved in at least one charity ride -- they have the potential to change your perspective, if not your life.
Comment by Brooke Larson on August 26, 2010 at 10:09pm
What a wonderful and difficult ride all of you participated in. I have a student in remission who attends Camp Oochigeas each year and says that it is such an incredible camp. Congratulations to all of you who made it possible for more children like her to go to such a magical place.
Comment by Alexx Hooper on August 31, 2010 at 6:25am
Thanks for the post Kerri - and to all of you who rode it and raised money for such a fantastic group of camps. Sounds like you all had a great time this year and reached your own personal milestones as well as your fundraising milestones. Trish, I had no doubt that you'd do just fine! Glad you all had a fun time together and helped each other out in true BCC spirit. Congratulations, all, and thanks so much for all your hard work and fundraising.

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