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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Gran Fondo Numbers on the Rise

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

The hospital fundraiser takes place in Southampton on August 18

The second annual Gran Fondo Lake Huron continues to grow.

At last check,  over 320 bikers have registered for the August event, well ahead of last year's pace.

Executive Director of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation Tracy Murray believes they will have up to 1,000 participants this year, well over the 671 who took part last year.

The Foundation is putting on the event as a fundraiser and Murray says the goal is $150,000.

The money raised by bikers will be used to purchase equipment for the Southampton Hospital, like a patient wander-guard system which is in essence, security bracelets worn primarily by patients with alzheimer's or dementia.
Murray says "It would allow these patients freedom to move about the in-patient unit without leaving the facility and endangering themselves."

This year's Gran Fondo, which features courses of 30, 70, 110 and 160K routes, goes August 18th.

Bayshore Broadcasting (98 the Beach & Mix 106.5) is the major media sponsor of the family-friendly cycling event.

Other sponsors that have come on board include:  Bruce Power (presenter of the event); Society of United Professionals; RBC; Laveer Engineering; Promation; Shawcor; Stow It; Acuren; SNC Lavalin; Tetra Tech; Bruce Telecom; OCNI; Judy Rich; Port Elgin Home Hardware; Nuclear Promise NPX; Ian Trotman Consulting; Worley Parsons; Brannan Investments; Abraflex; 7Acres; Outlaw Brew Co.; Martin's Bicycle Shop; RMCG; Saugeen Shores Hub; Air Canada Foundation; Eastlink.

You can register for the Gran Fondo HERE.

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