Ride Don’t Hide is a community bike ride hosted, nationally, by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health while raising essential funds to support mental health programs in our community.
The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from the beginner rider to the advanced cyclist. 2017 marks the 4th Annual Ride Don’t Hide event for CMHA – Calgary, the only ride in Alberta. Our goal in 2017 is to have 550 cyclists, raising over $150,000.
Where: Springbank Park for All Seasons – 32224A Springbank Road, Calgary, AB
When: June 25th, 2017
How much: $45 Early Bird Registration until April 30, 2017; $55 Regular Registration from May 1 – June 25, 2017. Make sure to register early due to limited space! Children 12 and under are free! Registration will be open until 5 p.m. on June 24, 2017 or until we reach capacity. Day of registration will be accepted if spaces permits. *Note: Trailers and tag-alongs are not permitted due to the nature of our course. Helmets must be worn.
What does your registration get you? Adults and Youth will receive a Ride Don’t Hide t-shirt (Children’s t-shirts are available for purchase); A supportive ride with aid stations (water & snacks) on the 105km and 50km routes; BBQ lunch after the ride; fun festival activities to enjoy after your ride; and a Rider Kit with goodies and swag!
*Schedule subject to change
What: 10km, 20km, 50km or 105km routes – all departing from Springbank Park for All Seasons
Who: All ages and skill levels from beginner (10km, 20km), intermediate (50km) to advance (105km)
Pick-up your Rider Kit filled with goodies, your Ride Don’t Hide T-Shirt and Rider Number ahead of time! You will still have to check-in on Event Day to pick-up your timechip for safety reasons.
When: Friday, June 23, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Main Floor – The Kahanoff Centre, 105 – 12 Avenue SE
Raise more than $1,000, $2,000 or $5,000 and receive the cycling jersey at that level.
Raise $500 or more and get a Ride Don’t Hide Buff! How will you wear your buff. *All incentive prizes and jersey’s will be handed out with Rider Kits.*
Ensure your bike is safe for the road and make sure you know the rules of the road. All riders are required to wear a helmet. Review our safety document prior to Ride Don’t Hide. Remember: this is a ride, not a race! In the case of inclement weather and/or poor visibility, race organizers reserve the right to suspend the event.
Unable to ride and want to volunteer? In total, the Calgary Ride Don’t Hide event will need approximately 80 volunteers to run safely and smoothly. Volunteers will be provided with a T-Shirt, lunch and any materials they may require (i.e. safety vest). Volunteers are require to fill out our Volunteer Application Form.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region creates awareness, provides education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with mental illness, addiction or loss by suicide. We provide community-based programs, including supportive and independent living, homeless outreach, aboriginal outreach, suicide bereavement and peer support for families and individuals. We work closely with other community organizations to bridge gaps in the mental health care system and facilitate access to important services and resources.
Ride Don’t Hide raises awareness and funds that make a significant impact in our community. Your donation enables us to continue this work in our community especially empowering young people through our Youth Engagement Strategy, which supports prevention and early intervention. This event will provide mental health programs and services to youth in the Calgary area including:
For more information and event sponsorship please contact Amy Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-297-1742.