50th Birthday Challenge: Friends for Life Bike Rally

Last June I wrote about the MS Bike Tour, MS Bike Tour and Pride London: Conflict resolved! and said “I only do 1 charity ride a year though the Friends for Life Rally is on my bucket list. It’s 600 km Toronto to Montreal, to raise money to support people living with HIV/AIDS. (The Friends For Life Bike Rally is the sustaining fundraiser of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.)”

Well, this year I’m doing it! It’s a much bigger distance and a much bigger fundraising goal ($2500) but I figure my fiftieth birthday summer is the year to do it.

On July 27, 2014, more than 400 people will embark on a six-day, 600 km journey from Toronto to Montreal. Riders of all ages and levels of experience and crew supporting a variety of activities along the route unite in their passion to support people living with HIV/AIDS. The Friends For Life Bike Rally is the sustaining fundraiser of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation.

Read more about the ride here.

I’m looking forward to Day 3.

Day 3 marks the halfway point of Bike Rally and is known as Red Dress Day. It is the shortest day with a 51 km ride to Queen’s University.

Today, you ride along the edge of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte as you approach the historic town of Kingston. You make it to Kingston in time for an amazing lunch at Queen’s University. No camping tonight, you sleep in the dorms at Queen’s and have a chance to catch up on some laundry.

I already have my red dress picked out!

I’m hoping that between the blog’s generous community of guest posters, readers, and commentators, I can reach my fundraising goal. I’m also forgoing all birthday gifts and instead asking friends and family to donate to the ride.

I’ve got to say this is an impressive charity event. It’s run almost entirely by volunteers and a huge crew of people help out, far beyond the people doing the ride. (Read about evaluating the charities we run and ride for here: Philanthropy and fitness.)

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