Ride Don’t Hide – June 25, 2017          Canadian Mental Health Association Mid-Island Branch (Nanaimo)

WHEN:          June 25, 2017

WHERE:        Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo

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Ride Don’t Hide, a community bike ride to create awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness, raises funds to support mental health education and services in the mid-island area.

On Sunday, June 25, across Canada 10,000 cyclists, in 31 communities (including Nanaimo) are expected to ride and raise funds for mental health.

This community event accommodates riders of all ages and abilities with three different rides to choose from 2.2 km, 16.3 km, and 52.3km. The 2.2 km route is intended for families with small children, the 16.5-km event is great for families and individuals and the 52.3-km event is for more experienced riders. Riders can register as individuals, families or teams.

The 2.2 km route starts behind the Lions Pavillon at Maffeo Sutton Park and follows the waterfront walkway over the bridge to the QE II Promenade.

You can view the 16.3 km route at http://ow.ly/v4Ly30c6INh

You can view the 52.5 km route at http://ow.ly/vsVa30ccsXu

Registration is $35 for riders age 13+, and riders 12 years of age and younger ride for free.

All riders receive a T-shirt, gift bag, delicious lunch and will be entered to win prizes. We even have prizes for the best “helmet hair”.


FIRST TOP FUNDRAISER: A Staycation Package

  • $250 Certificate for Coal City Cycle http://www.coalcitycycles.com/
  • Two-hour Mountain Bike Coaching Session with Gravity MTB https://www.gravitymtb.ca/
  • Two Island Joy Rides bike tours. The winner may choose from the following tours http://www.islandjoyrides.com/
    • Chef on a Bike
    • Gather, Forage Feed
    • Route Beer
    • Wine and Chocolate
    • Town Tour: Trails & Tastes of Courtenay
  • Night at the Old House Hotel and Spa in Courtenay http://www.oldhousevillage.com/rooms-suites/


  • $250 Certificate for Coal City Cycle http://www.coalcitycycles.com/
  • Action Camera


  • Three Month Pass to Om Yoga http://www.omtown.ca/
  • Fit Bit


  • To be announced


  • Jipsi Tree T-shirt donated by Pedego Electric Bikes Qualicum Beach http://www.pedegoqualicumbeach.ca/ http://www.jipsitree.com/
  • Dinner for Two at the Discovery Room, donated by Vancouver Island University https://www2.viu.ca/discoveryroom/news.asp
  • Second Wind Recycles Bike Clock http://secondwindrecycles.com/

Ride Program

Our Ride Don’t Hide Master of Ceremonies is Daryl Major, a self-confessed, proud husband, and father; Beatle fan; News Director at Island Radio in Nanaimo; Co-host of the Wave (102.3 FM) morning show and colour commentator for the Nanaimo Clippers on The Wolf (106.9 FM). He’ll lead the activities of the day and be part of the prize give away.

8:00 a.m.   Registration Opens

8:45          52.3 km Ride Warm Up with Miguel Diaz of Driven Performance Fitness

9:00           52.3 km Ride starts

9:45          16.3 km Ride Warm Up with Miguel Diaz of Driven Performance Fitness

10:00        16.3 km Ride Starts

10:15         2.2 km Ride Warm Up with Miguel Diaz of Driver Performance Fitness

10:30         2.2 km Ride Starts

11:35         Food Service Opens

12:30         Prizes Awarded

1:30 p.m    Event Close


We could not do this Ride without our generous, community-minded sponsors and supporters. This year we’re pleased to be working with:

Platinum Sponsor 

  • Island Radio – The Wave, The Wolf, The Beach, The Lounge

Gold Sponsor 

  • KJ Contracting and Controls

Bronze Sponsors 

  • Coal City Cycles
  • Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group

Community Sponsors

  • Island Joy Rides
  • OmTown Yoga


  • Coastal Water Store
  • Generations Barber Shop
  • Driven Performance Fitness Ltd.Greater
  • Nanaimo Cycling Coalition
  • Long and McQuade
  • Mid Island Velo Association
  • MTB Gravity
  • Nanaimo News Bulletin
  • Pacific Rim Cycles
  • Pedego Qualicum Beach
  • Remax
  • Thrifty Foods
  • Vancouver Island University, Discovery Room


Do you have a question or want more information?

E. info.midIsand@cmha.bc.ca  T. 250-591-9551


About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

About CMHA Mid-Island Branch

The Mid-Island branch of CMHA delivers services to people living in, and between, Nanaimo and Comox Valley. In Nanaimo, CMHA Mid Island provides housing for 64 people in two different buildings and has a Social Centre where people can visit and connect through activities. In addition, the organization provides housing subsidies to 28 people living in several mid island communities. In both Nanaimo and Oceanside, CMHA Mid Island supports several clients through outreach services. In Courtney, CMHA Mid Island provides housing for nine people and runs the Peppermill program, which produces thousands of low-cost healthy meals and provides clients with vocational training. In both Nanaimo and Courtney, CMHA Mid Island operates employment programs for people with mental health challenges, and across the region, CMHA Mid Island delivers public education including suicide prevention training.

Thank you for supporting mental health!