The Ride for Karen is an annual charity event held as a tribute to the life and legacy of Karen Tobias. The ride takes place on Aug. 12 and raises funds for charities that help people living with cancer and those who care for them. Over the past sixteen years, the ride has raised over $2.5 million dollars. The 17th edition offers 200, 160 and 100-km rides.
Karen was a 53-year-old nurse who passed away after a five-year battle with breast cancer. The ride is a way for her friends, family and the community to continue her missions of building hope for cancer patients and their families. It was her two sons who first started the ride in 2002. The ride starts in Markham, Ont. with routes taking participants through the valleys and farmlands north of Toronto. Registration costs $100. If you raise $250 the entry fee is waived. Aim higher and you will also get a ride jersey and bib shorts.
The event provides lunch, a BBQ afterwards and feed stations along the routes. All proceeds in 2018 will go towards sending children with cancer to camp.
For more information visit rideforkaren.com/