4th Annual Tour de Guelph: bigger, better, and greater impact!

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium are proud to announce that the event’s 706 riders, 48 sponsors and vendors, and 100+ volunteers, together, helped to make this event possible and to raise close to $100,000 for our community!

An event of this magnitude takes a small army of dedicated community members to pull together and we’re all breathing a little easier knowing that the day was a positive experience for all those involved and that the fundraising goal was met.

More patients at Guelph General Hospital will soon be breathing easier now too!

The Hospital’s portion of the proceeds will help fund two new Non-invasive respiratory ventilators.

Hundreds of people in our community are affected by severe respiratory distress caused by health conditions including congestive heart failure, pneumonia, severe asthma, and severe COPD. For these patients, this tool is a “life-saving machine” as described by one of GGH’s Respiratory Charge Technologists.

Funds raised will also help mobilize the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium to reach many individuals and organizations within our community.

Community organizations such as Michael House, The Puslinch Parish Nurse Program, Wyndham House, and YMCA/YWCA – The SHARK program will all benefit.

A ride for all ages and abilities.

Cyclists participated across all of Tour de Guelph’s distances from 5k all the way up to 160k!

We met some riders who attempted new distances for the first time, including a couple of riders for whom Tour de Guelph will now be remembered as their first century ride. “The routes were well marked, everything that we needed was provided for, overall an incredible experience and I’ll be back next year” remarked one of them.

Young families came out to enjoy the 5k and 10k route through the Arboretum. Some even took to the 25k and 50 k routes using bike trailers or bike extensions to pull their wee ones behind.

Riders from local triathlon clubs and cycling clubs were spotted along all routes in their club jerseys.

A total of 52 teams were registered a part of the Community Team Challenge, but the team to come out on top was the Bremner Memorial Team led by this year’s top fundraiser Paul Richardson. The Team raised over $12,000 for their community!

Guelph’s local leaders also took in a ride. Local MP Lloyd Longfield rode in the 25k route for the 4th year in a row and Guelph’s Mayor Cam Guthrie took in the 5k along with his family.

Tour de Guelph 2017 is one of our best examples of how the Foundation saves lives and improves health, together with our community!