SAULT STE. MARIE: COVID-19 has forced the Team at ARCH Hospice to recalibrate the Great Bucket List Cycle with this year’s event happening virtually, to provide a safe way to still participate in 2020! The Great Bucket List Cycle is one of the Sault’s newest cycling events. Last year attracting over 150 cyclists of all ages and abilities to cycle 40, 70, or 100 kilometres on St. Joseph Island. In the past 2 years, the Bucket List Cycle has raised over $65,000 for ARCH Hospice.
The Great Bucket List Cycle virtual ride will kick off on Saturday, September 19th and run until Saturday, September 26th, allowing participants to meet their kilometre goals throughout the week. Virtual events are flexible as it is up to the participant whether they want to cycle on St. Joseph Island or the hub trail here in the Sault. The event will include a gran Fondo with a distance of 100km, along with both a 70km and 40km option. Registration is $1/km, either paid by the participant or raised by a pledge. All proceeds raised support the residents and families that ARCH serves. The team at ARCH will be using Strava to provide predetermined routes for riders as well as PDF maps, but riders can also choose to do their route. Riders are encouraged to track their results on Strava, or another tracking app that can be shared on both their personal and ARCH Hospice’s Facebook or Instagram – they would love to share your story! ARCH encourages cyclists to participate on Saturday, September 19th on the traditional and scenic St. Joseph Island route while ensuring they social distance from other riders.
To register for this year’s virtual event, visit www.archhospice.ca/cycle. Participants who collect or pay $100 in pledges will receive a registration kit, a Great Bucket List Cycle t-shirt and a gift card to a local restaurant. For those that collect $200 in pledges, they will also receive a registration kit, a Great Bucket List Cycle dry fit shirt, an ARCH buff, and gift card to a local restaurant.
“We are so grateful for how the community has embraced the ‘Great Bucket List Cycle’. We’re looking forward to taking this fundraising event virtual in 2020. We’re hoping cyclists of all ages and all styles of cycling including road, fat and mountain will considering joining the event. I hope you’ll get on your cycle in support in ARCH!” says Julie Premo, ARCH Manager, event founder and annual participant of the Great Bucket List Cycle.
Since opening its doors in 2008, ARCH Hospice has served over one thousand residents and their families with quality, compassionate end-of-life care; and thousands more with grief and bereavement support, educational sessions, caregiver resources, and outreach services. While ARCH does not charge for its services, the Hospice is only partially government funded, requiring over $850,000 annually in community support, as well as the generosity of over 140 volunteers to provide its services.