In it’s 10th edition, the Tour des Chutes is broadening its appeal. As in years past, its a bike tour that allows a rider to pick a distance: 7, 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles. It is still a benefit for St. Charles Cancer Center survivorship programs, though they’ve expanded to include the Pediatric Foundation. It’s a newer non-profit in Bend that provides financial support to families who travel for treatments with a child.
Via email, TdC Executive Director Leslie Cogswell said she was under guidance from her governing board to expand the event. “They want[ed] it to impact more people, the community of Central Oregon and cancer survivors. They want[ed] to raise more funds for our local programs.”
Cogswell goes on to say,
I didn’t want to expand the ride to include more riders. As we heard last week from the people that have been around TdC for years they like TdC for what it is….a pretty intimate group of participants who believe in the purpose of the ride.
Around that time, Johanna Olson, a friend of Gary Bonacker, TdC founder and brain tumor survivor, passed away from cancer at the age of 34. Up to that point, she was a cancer survivor of 15 years who all the while maintained her vitality by running, twice qualifying for the Olympic marathon trials. She’d meet Bonacker through his outreach with the DEFEAT Cancer program at St. Charles.
“I knew Johanna and love her spirit. One day out running I thought why don’t we include a run in the spirit of Johanna…”
For the first time, TdC will include a 5k non-competitive run will all proceeds going to the Pediatric Foundation.
The Deschutes County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee seeks nominations for deserving individuals, businesses, and agencies to be recipients of its annual Big Chainring awards. Since 1996, the award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution towards the following:
- Improving bicycling and walking conditions in Deschutes County
- Encouraging children or adults to walk and ride their bikes
- Making Deschutes County communities healthier and happier
Nomination categories include Public Agency, Nonprofit Organization, Individual, Special Project, Commercial Business, Advocacy/Group, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Peter Hanson Memorial Award.
The Committee includes the Peter Hanson Memorial Award for individuals in the community who have provided outstanding voluntary contributions. Peter was a Committee member that lost his battle with cancer in 2005. His volunteer contributions are in many trail building, environmental and outdoor enthusiast projects throughout our communities.
The awards will be presented during a Deschutes County Board of Commissioners business meeting on Monday, June 23.
2013 winners included Andy Barram – “Peter Hanson Memorial Award”, Rick Root (City of Bend) – “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Ken Cardwell, City of Sisters (Paul Bertagna), Bicycle Re-Source of Bend (Jeff Schuler), West Bend Property Company, and Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District (Katie Hammer and Board of Directors).
Download the nomination form here and submit your nominee by April 28th to Cynthia Smidt.
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