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  • What types of bikes are permitted?

    It’s not a race, so almost any kind of bike that you are comfortable with will work. Unicycle, bicycle, tandem, you name it! If it’s a bike and it’s not motorized, it can do THE RIDE.

  • Is there a rain date?

    There is no rain date for THE RIDE.

  • What time does The Ride start?

    The 108 km Ride will have a 7:30 a.m. staggered start.

    The 50 km Ride will have an 8:00 a.m. staggered start.

  • What is the fundraising commitment for this event?

    The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is asking all riders to raise a minimum of $1,500.

  • How does team fundraising work?

    As a member of a team, your team fundraising total can be shared amongst all members to qualify them for their minimum $1,500 fundraising commitment. For example: a team of two needs to raise $3,000; a team of five, $7,500; and a team of 10 needs to raise $15,000. As long as there are enough funds under the team’s total – regardless of who actually raised it – to meet the minimum fundraising commitment, all members of the team can ride on September 11.

  • Why are you asking all riders to raise $1,500 regardless of the distance they are riding?

    THE RIDE is a fundraising event and our goal is to make the biggest impact possible on cancer research and care at The Ottawa Hospital. So whatever distance you choose to ride, your impact will be the same.

  • How do I create a team?

    Register online or call us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 for assistance.

  • I’m having problems registering myself/team online. Who can I contact?

    You can contact us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 or events@toh.ca.

  • Can a team be composed of riders doing different distances?


  • Can I raise funds if I’m not riding in the event?

    Yes, you can register and raise funds online or use a pledge form.

  • What happens if I don’t raise $1,500 by September 11?

    All participants must raise $1500 in order to participate. We understand this is a significant commitment that we are asking you to make, but we are committed to helping you achieve that goal, through fundraising tips and online tools. We are also committed to ensuring that your experience during that day is outstanding by providing breakfast, refreshing pit stops, and a celebration and meal at the end of the day. And ultimately, funds will go toward crucial cancer research taking place in Ottawa; some of which is the most promising in the world. Though this amount may seem daunting, we hope you will raise it in honour of those who are fighting this disease and working to eradicate it.

  • Where can I find tips on how to reach my fundraising goals?

    We’ve created a fundraising tools section for our riders – check it out for some great tips and tricks.

  • I am holding a bake sale/garage sale/fundraising event. Do you have signage that we could use at the event?

    Yes, simply contact us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 to arrange what you need for your fundraising event.

  • I’ve held a fundraising event. How do I enter these funds so they are reflected on my fundraising page?

    To enter cash and cheque donations, log in to your fundraising profile using your username and password. Click on the Fundraising tab at the top of the screen, then select manage cash or cheques from the left-hand menu. To enter monies from a fundraising event, select the “Donation from an event or cash lump sum” option. This amount will only be reflected on your fundraising page once we have received the funds.

  • How do I donate to a participant?

    Just click on ‘Sponsor a Rider or Team’ button located on the homepage of THE RIDE website and then select an Individual or a Team.

  • How do my donors receive a tax receipt?

    Donors who donate online with a valid email address will automatically receive a tax receipt via email. Donors who pledge more than $15 by cash or cheque will receive their receipt by mail if they provide a valid mailing address. Receipts will be received by the end of the year, or earlier depending on when the donation was received.

  • Who do I contact if I have lost my tax receipt?

    If you’ve lost your receipt, need a correction or a duplicate, please call 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 or email us at events@toh.on.ca

  • How do I prepare for the ride?

    We have provided some guidelines on training and creating a plan on THE RIDE website.

  • Where can I find the Rider Safety Video?

    Click here to view the Rider Safety Video.

  • Can my child participate in the ride with me?

    THE RIDE participants must be 18 years of age or older on September 11, 2016. Although we appreciate the interest of all individuals who would like to participate, we will only be able to accept those who meet the age requirement.

    Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals 16 years and older.

    If you’d like more information, please contact us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832.

  • Do you have a cancer survivor category?

    Several cancer survivors ride every year and our plan is to highlight their heroic efforts! Should you decide to participate you will be asked upon joining to identify as a survivor.

  • I want to arrange custom jerseys for my team. Who should I contact?

    Martha Tobin
    Accolade Promotion Group (APG)
    (613) 725-1561 x134

  • I want to change my route. How do I do that?

    If you wish to change your route option, please contact us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 or via email at events@toh.ca.

  • Oh no! I can no longer participate in the event due to a wedding/injury/etc. – what do I do?

    To cancel your participation in the event, simply contact us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 or via email at events@toh.ca. If you are part of a team, your fundraising will still count towards your team’s overall fundraising.

  • If I can no longer participate in the event, can I give my spot to someone else?

    Yes, provided that you have reached the $1,500 fundraising minimum. Simply give us a heads up by contact us at 613-798-5555, ext. 19832 or via email at events@toh.ca

  • Does cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital involve animal testing?

    Funds from THE RIDE support basic, clinical and translational cancer research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. The funding typically supports the purchase of critical equipment or helps recruit and retain quality scientists, staff and trainees. Our scientists do oversee the conduct of important projects that rely on animal research in order to determine whether an idea holds the promise to become a new therapy. However, these projects are typically funded by external grants that the researchers secure from peer-reviewed agencies. For all projects that do require the use of animals, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute abides by guidelines from the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) regarding the ethical use and care of animals in science. All CCAC guidelines are based on scientific evidence and have undergone extensive peer review.

  • How much of the money raised goes towards clinical trials for patients who have cancer right now?

    The Ottawa Hospital Foundation transfers funds to the Hospital twice a year. Those funds are used as they come in and benefit patients today.

    If, at any time, you still have questions about THE RIDE, simply call 613-798-5555, ext. 19832, or send us an email at events@toh.ca.

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