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Cops for Cancer – Tour de North ready to roll in September

Heather Park Elementary School students cheer Cops for Cancer Tour de North riders as they start their bike journey to Prince Rupert. Bill Phillips photo
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One of the Canadian Cancer Society’s most unique events, Cops for Cancer – Tour de North, has made massive changes to adapt and stay connected throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time, the tour will cover three routes – Prince Rupert to Prince George, Fort St. John to Prince George, and Williams Lake to Prince George – in a relay-style that engages riders from communities throughout northern B.C.  All three routes will descend on Prince George September 18 with a tour of the city, including ride-bys of local schools.

‘We are thrilled and so thankful that our volunteer committee created a Tour that has adapted to the changes we have seen in 2020 and is still set to roll September 14-18,” said Aimee Cassie, Supporter Engagement Manager.  ‘This new model has team members riding from their home community to the following community, with a few riding multiple legs.  We are actually covering all of our past routes, expanding the reach of the Cops for Cancer program, which raises money for pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes.’

As the buzz the 2020 Cops for Cancer Tour de North grows, so does the team, made up of emergency services personnel and community riders.  This year, the team is 37 members strong, including both alumni and new members, with hopes of seeing the program grow under this new model.

 

Canadian Tire has once again joined as tour sponsor with Cassie saying the Canadian Cancer Society is “so grateful for the support Cops for Cancer receives and how our sponsors have stepped up to help bring tour to life this year.”  Other sponsors include The Pattison Broadcast Group, Northland Dodge, Subway Restaurants, and Sandman Hotels among many others.

Tour will consist of the following:

Day 1 September 14

West Route – Prince Rupert to Terrace (144 km)

North Route – Fort St John to Dawson Creek (75 km)

Day 2 September 15

West Route – Houston to New Hazleton (130 km)

North Route – Dawson Creek to Chetwynd (100 km)

Day 3 September 16

West Route – Vanderhoof to Burns Lake (128 km)

North Route – Chetwynd to Mackenzie Junction (150 km)

South Route – Williams Lake to Quesnel (120 km)

Day 4 September 17

West Route – Fort St James to Prince George (160 km)

North Route – Mackenzie to Prince George (Two parts)

Part 1 – Mackenzie to Crooked River Rest area (72 km)

Part 2 – Crooked River Rest area to Prince George (110 km)

South Route – Quesnel to Prince George (122 km)

Day 5 September 18th 2020

Finale Tour of Prince George

Childhood cancer is the number one cause of disease-related death in Canadian children under the age of 15 years, and two out of three childhood cancer survivors suffer long-term side effects from their treatment.  The Canadian Cancer Society is taking action against childhood cancer by funding high-quality pediatric cancer research and providing information and support to those families living with pediatric cancer.  Thanks to research advancements, over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will survive five years or more beyond diagnosis.  One child with cancer is too many, and there is still so much more to be done.  Help us help the kids by visiting www.copsforcancer.ca.

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