Three students from Sault Ste. Marie’s École secondaire Notre-Dame-du-Sault, will take part in June in The Great Canadian Ride (La Grande Traversée). Valérie McLeod, Kathryne Mazzarelli and Maggie Maloney, under the guidance of their teacher Mrs. Patty-Ann Nadon, will be responsible for the fifth section of the Ride and will cover the 300 kilometres, in three days, from Hamilton to Pickering. In preparation for La Grande Traversée, the students are tackling long rides, for example last weekend they rode no less than 50 kilometres in a training session in the Sault Ste. Marie area.
The Great Canadian Ride, which benefits from the participation of Francophone school boards from all provinces, enables participating high school students to participate in this Canada-wide relay. Selected students will relay and cycle a portion of their home province and join members of The Great Canadian Ride.
This initiative seeks to help young people make healthy choices and adopt an active lifestyle. The Great Canadian Ride’s message is targeted to a younger audience, but also speaks to parents, who are instrumental in instilling healthy lifestyle habits in their children.
The Great Canadian Ride began in 2013 in partnership with Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, looking to share the success of this major Québec initiative with the rest of Canada and launch new healthy living challenges.