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More than 250 cyclists of all ages are registered for the second annual Test of Humanity mountain bike race Sunday in Summerland in support of Canadian Humanitarian projects in
Last year’s inaugural event generated $40,000 to help Canadian Humanitarian build a new school in
Sheilagh Seaton, who directs the race with her husband Nic, anticipates this year’s event will raise even more funds.
She said some funds will again go to the food bank, while most of it will go towards a Canadian Humanitarian project to build a more urban school in
“The cycle of poverty has continued for many years,” said Seaton. “Educating orphaned and vulnerable children can help break the cycle.”
Seaton said the event is designed for mountain bikers of beginner to expert abilities, and will be fun for the whole family, with individual categories and courses for all ages and abilities.
The racing will be held at
Seaton said the racing gets going at with the beginners and juniors hitting the course. The younger children will put the pedal to the metal on a 1 km flat loop from to
The main event will run from to with each loop on the course a distance of 9.75 kilometres. Seaton said some riders can do the course as fast as 30 minutes.
Among those competing in the main event will be Belgian cycling legend Axel Merckx (who now resides in
The legendary “Voice of Ironman” Steve King, of
Seaton said there are 200 signed up for the main event alone. Riders enter as teams since there are a limited number allowed on the course at any one time.
Riders can still sign up for the race at www.testofhumanity.com. The registration cut-off is tonight at .
Seaton said there will be plenty of other attractions at the race site, including a craft tent, face-painting for kids and a concession.
“It’s really a fun day for the entire family, and we raise funds for some very important local and international causes,” said Seaton.
Canadian Humanitarian is a non-religious, non-profit organization that provides orphaned and vulnerable children in
The South Okanagan Food Bank is a local organization that provides monthly food hampers to those people requiring assistance. At present there are 9,000 people in the