A bike rally at Peace Hills Lodge on Aug. 30, 2021 had seniors feeling young and having fun.
Organized by local biker Darlene Brubacher and activities coordinator at Peace Hills Lodge Tina Schantz, the bike rally was an opportunity for the seniors to see some bikes up close and personal, enjoy hot dogs, donuts, and coffee on a beautiful late summer night.
About 72 bikes showed up for the rally, an amount that was three times what was expected said Brubacher. She says that prior to the rally, she went to bike nights all over central Alberta handing out flyers for three weeks to gather interest for the event but never expected to have so many people show up – a pleasant surprise in her books.
The free event for the seniors was full of smiling and giggling, Brubacher and Schantz say.
“It was absolutely amazing,” says Shantz. “The seniors had a hoot.”
“The residents just loved it, it was a huge turnout – lots of smiles,” says Brubacher. “We had one lady who actually went for a ride on a bike.”
Shantz says that watching the seniors at the rally was like seeing them reliving memories and their youth. When the one resident took a ride on a bike the crowd in the parking lot was cheering her on.
“It was something she always wanted to do,” says Shantz.
The rally was ruled a success by both residents and bikers, with Brubacher promising that this will be an annual event.
“They talked about it for days after,” says Shantz about the senior’s enthusiasm for the event.