Maple Ridge resident Steven Fruitman joined more than 200 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia for the BC Lung Association's 28th Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath.
On Sept. 8 and 9, it was Fruitman's fourth time participating in the popular two-day, 200-kilometre ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back to raise funds in support of lung health research, programs, and clean air initiatives.
Fruitman is a member of Trek Team Magellan, a team named after the Langley-based law firm he helped found. Team Magellan is one of the event's top two fundraising teams and raised more than $13,000 this year alone. So far the 2012 event has raised more than $200,000, contributing to the $5.5 million raised during the event's 28-year lifespan.
A quiet phenomenon which began more than two decades ago, the grassroots event has built up over time and serves as a reunion for many "trekkers" who return on average 10 times, said BC Lung Association event organizer Kate Jarvis.
"Many people do the event year after year," added Jarvis. "The event has a real family feel with less fanfare than other, bigger commercial fundraisers but with a lot of heart and soul. There is a true sense of community amongst participants, many of whom meet here once a year and share in the spirit of giving back."
To participate, cyclists raised a minimum of $475 and in return, travelled a fully supported bike route from start to finish, with rest stops, food to fuel the journey, fabulous scenery, and a slew of fundraising incentive prizes.
For information or to make a donation to the BC Lung Association, people can call 604-731-5864, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bc.lung.ca.