In 2020, Jason Ezeard, an operations manager for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, set out to support front-line health care workers with a 24-hour virtual ride. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Regional Health Foundation)

In 2020, Jason Ezeard, an operations manager for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, set out to support front-line health care workers with a 24-hour virtual ride. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Regional Health Foundation)

Red Deer Regional Health Foundation to host 12-hour cycle for Central Alberta

The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation will host a 12-hour ride for healthcare in March.

In a news release Thursday, the organization said that cyclists will be invited to participate in the event that will take place on March 25 in person at the Holiday Inn and Suites. Participants can also compete from home or outdoors. Through the Cycle for Central Alberta event, the foundation’s goal is to raise $50,000.

“In 2021, a group of cyclists did a ride for fun and ended up raising $25,000,” said Manon Therriault, chief executive officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.

“Those funds helped us purchase medical equipment such as Sipap Ventilators, a TIMS Swallowing Station, Holter Monitors, bladder scanners and much more.”

The registration fee is $25 per person and, if completed prior to Feb. 18, registrants will be entered to win a Tacx Flow Smart Trainer. Space is limited at the venue, so early registration is recommended.

For those interested but unable to ride for the full 12 hours, the foundation is encouraging individuals to share the bike ride and time with a team.