The Canadian Cancer Societyâs Cops for Cancer Tour de North rides to the ocean again for 2012! For nine years the Tour de North has followed the East/West route from Prince George to Prince Rupert, stopping in ten communities across central British Columbia.
(Photo:The Cops for Cancer tour in 2011 had its grand finale in Williams Lake, with a celebration in the gymnasium at TRU)
In 2011, for our 10th anniversary, the Tour de North Planning Committee responded to multiple requests for engagement of additional communities in Northern British Columbia and the North/South route was created. The new route went from Fort St. John to Williams Lake and gave new communities the opportunity to host and experience the Tour passing through their town for the first time.For the 2012 Tour de North, Tour will be returning to the original East/West route, commencing in Prince George on Friday, September 14, 2012 and traveling through Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers, Moricetown, Hazelton, and TerraceÂ with the ride concluding in Prince Rupert on Thursday, September 20, 2012.
âIn 2011, communities along the North/South route responded very well to the Tour coming through and our objective is to alternate year to year between the North/South route and the East/West routeâ, says Erin Reynolds, Tour Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society. âThis will enable us to share the Tour experience between more communities in the region.Â "The (Tour) team is looking forward to a return to the East/West route and working with those communities again to continue to raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and support programs that the Canadian Cancer Society offersâ, says Pat Egan, Inspector (Fort St. John) and Road Captain for the Tour Riders.Â
âWe hope that communities on each Tour route will continue to embrace the Tour de North each year as communities and riders raise funds for pediatric cancer research, for support programs for children and families on the cancer journey, and for Camp Goodtimes available every year for children, diagnosed with cancer, and their families to attend at no cost.
âThe following dedicated sponsors have confirmed their continued support for Tour de North: Tour Sponsor: Canadian Tire (Prince George, Fort St. John, Smithers, and Terrace); Partner level: Bike Sponsors - Northline Credit Unions, Northland Dodge, All West Glass, Sandman Hotels; Media Sponsors: Prince George FreePress, 94X and The Wolf.Â Sponsors offset the costs of Tour enabling more donor dollars to go to the cause.Â Please contact Erin Reynolds if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
For more information, on how you can apply to ride and fund raise with Tour de North for the coveted spot as the only member of the public permitted to ride the entire distance of 800 kilometers as âCommunity Riderâ please contact: Erin Reynolds at (250) 564-0885 ext.108.
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