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The Event

What is Pedaling for Parkinson's: Go the Distance?

We've always encouraged supporters to 'Ride their Way' as part of Pedaling for Parkinson's if one of our physical locations wasn't close or the dates didn't work. Now, we're calling on all Canadians to take on a personal challenge during this period of social distancing.

When is this ride / what are the dates?

Pedaling for Parkinson's: Go the Distance is designed with you in mind. As such, it's entirely flexible. Our cross-Canada goal runs through October 31st. Sign up any time before then and track your rides on any day or combination of days you like.

How does my ride connect with other participants?

Most of all, your personal distance goal represents a portion of a 100,000km target across the country. Whether you're riding 1 or 1,000 kilometres every bit counts. When added together with goals across the country, we'll be making a cumulative distance (and fundraising) impact.

Our in person events have always been about community first. They start with an opening ceremony that reminds everyone why we are here: a personal "reason to ride" focused on our connections to Parkinson's. They end with all riders gathered around the BBQ - homemade hamburgers and cookies, often made by mothers, grandmothers and friends of our ride hosts. We can't make those experiences carry over to the day of your ride, but you can be certain that you're taking part in something bigger; that we'll provide a collective experience; and that it is all grounded in a reason to ride: for yourself or someone you love with Parkinson's.

Fundraising

Where does my fundraising go?

Pedaling for Parkinson's supports Parkinson Canada, with proceeds dedicated to a specific Pedaling for Parkinson's Research Grant through the Parkinson Canada Research Program. COVID-19 is having an impact on personal and business finances across the country, and Parkinson Canada is not immune. We encourage those who can to help ensure that we continue to fund the best in Canadian research through the ride.

Is there a minimum fundraising level or registration fee?

No, there is no minimum fundraising level. However, the focus of this ride is to raise funds for research for Parkinson’s in addition to driving awareness and collective goal and keeping active. We encourage you to set and achieve a meaningful fundraising target.

Are there any prizes or recognition?

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and raise funds for research. Our most successful fundraisers have the option to sport Pedaling for Parkinson’s shirts and jerseys on their ride after hitting certain fundraising levels:

  • $500 First Level Gear Rewards Pedaling for Parkinson’s Technical Tshirt
  • $2000 Second Level Rewards - Pedaling for Parkinson's Jersey

Please note: because rides are planned for different dates and locations across the country, we request riders let us know if you’d like your shirt or jersey by a certain time. Otherwise, we’ll eagerly send you a jersey once you reach your $2,000 total. We’ll do our best to fulfil these quickly. Covid-19 has slowed production.

How do I track cash and cheque donations as part of my fundraising?

Our system is set up so that Parkinson Canada must add these donations for you. Don't worry, we'll be quick.

Either send us an email with the donor names and amounts to pedaling@parkinson.ca, or just let us add the details when you send in your donations. 

Please mail cheques, payable to Parkinson Canada to Attn: Pedaling for Parkinsons; Parkinson Canada; 316-4211 Yonge St.; Toronto, ON; M2P 2A9. If you are supporting a specific participant, please reference their name in the memo line.

Riders, if you are collecting multiple cash and cheque donations, consider tracking these on a pledge form and forwarding one cheque to cover all cash to the above address.

Tracking Distance

What distance am I supposed to ride?

That's entirely up to you. We recognize that different distances represent different milestones for people. What matters most is that your distance is meaningful to you. Some targeted goals:

  • 25Km in honour of 25 Canadians diagnosed with Parkinson’s every day
  • 100Km in honour of the (more than) 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s
  • 750km A total of 750 Kilometres in one month, in honour of 25 Canadians diagnosed every day
  • Your Own Goal Set a distance target meaningful to you, from 1km to 1000.

Together, with riders from across the country your distance rolls up into our overall 100,000KM target.

How do I track my distance?

With our fitness app integration and manual entry, tracking your distance has never been easier. 

Your profile page includes your personal distance tally so you can track your distance towards your target. This is a great way to keep your friends updated on your Ride!

If you track your rides with Fitbit or Strava your distances will automatically add to your tally.

Follow these steps to track your KMs automatically:

1. Download the Fitbit, or Strava and set up your account

2. Log in to your fundraising page.

3. Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.

4. Follow the prompts to connect your account

5. When you next ride, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end your ride, save your ride and your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.

If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and re-connect it.

When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not automatically add to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.

Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.

Remember, you can manually add your kilometres to the tally in your My Fitness Activity tab of your profile after registering.

Follow these steps to manually add your KMs:

1. Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’

2. Under ‘Add activity’, enter the date and distance

3. The number of KMs will now appear on your fundraising page!

Where should I ride?

Pedaling for Parkinson's: Go the Distance was developed during a period of recommended social and physical distancing. As such, we advise everyone to take all relevant precautions and to follow local guidelines. Otherwise, you're free to ride wherever you feel most comfortable.

Donations

How can I support a rider?

Click 'donate' and search for the participant you'd like to support. Having troubles finding them? Contact us at pedaling@parkinson.ca or 800-565-3000.

Am I eligible for a tax receipt?

Yes. All donations should receive an automatic payment confirmation, followed within two weeks by an official receipt issued by Parkinson Canada if it is eligible for tax benefit per the guidelines of the Canada Revenue Agency. If you have a question about the elibility of your specific donation, please contact CRA or call us at 800-565-3000.

What about cash and cheque donations?

We're happy to take those too. Please mail cheques, payable to Parkinson Canada to Attn: Pedaling for Parkinsons; Parkinson Canada; 316-4211 Yonge St.; Toronto, ON; M2P 2A9. If you are supporting a specific participant, please reference their name in the memo line.

Riders, if you are collecting multiple cash and cheque donations, consider tracking these on a pledge form and forwarding one cheque to cover all cash to the above address.