BC Cancer Society’s 8th “Ride to Conquer Cancer” took place on August 27th and 28th, with 1,687 riders cycling 291 kilometres from Cloverdale, BC, to Redmond, Washington. This year, the ride raised $7.1million for cancer research to add to the $70 million raised in previous years.
The two-day bike ride had the bikers stopping in Mt. Vernon, Washington, to camp overnight before continuing to Redmond the next day. The day before the event (August 26th) RRT assisted with setting up the camp for the bikers. This included pitching 882 tents, and setting up the dining facility on one of the hottest days of the year!
On the day of the event, RRT helped set up the finish line arch and assisted sponsors with setting up their booths. When the 8 five-ton trucks arrived with the luggage, RRT assisted with unloading and organizing the bags and other gear they brought down from Cloverdale for the riders and crew.
As the riders began to arrive to the camp, RRT joined in cheering them across the finish line, with extra-loud applause for riders with yellow flags, indicating they were cancer survivors. Then RRT helped make sure the weary riders had snacks, water, and Gatorade before golf-carting them with their luggage to their tents to rest before the evening meal.
This event was a huge victory for the BC Cancer Foundation, who will use the funds raised through this bike ride to continue with life-saving cancer research and improve cancer care for the victims of this disease. RRT is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the largest charitable funder of cancer research in the province and looks forward to working with them again in the future.