Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Team at ARCH Hospice had to reorganize the 2021 Great Bucket List Cycle taking it virtually, to provide a safe way to participate! The Great Bucket List Cycle is in its’ fourth year as a cycling event. Each year the event attracts over 100 cyclists of all ages and abilities who cycle on St. Joseph Island. In the past 3 years, the Bucket List Cycle has raised just $95,000 for ARCH Hospice.
The Virtual Great Bucket List Cycle will kick off on Saturday, September 18th and run until Saturday, September 25th, allowing participants to meet their kilometre goals throughout the week. Virtual events are flexible, it is up to the participants if 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 pledges. 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. Riders can also choose their own 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 18th 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 with nutritional goodies, a water bottle and a gift card to a local restaurant. For those that collect pledges, we have great prizes provided by Outspoken Brewery for the top three pledgers.
“We are so grateful for how the community has embraced the ‘Great Bucket List Cycle’. We are hoping to come back stronger than ever in 2022 with a live event! Cyclists of all ages and all styles of cycling including road, fat and mountain should consider joining the event. ’It’s not too late to join. We hope you’ll join us this year!” 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.