"100 Miles for Autism"
On Saturday, May 23rd three Pictou County Dads who have a special tie to Autism and Autism Nova Scotia - Pictou County Chapter (APC) are taking on a challenge to raise awareness and funding support for the local Chapter/support group.
Autism Pictou County has one major fundraiser each year called “Walk the Walk for Autism” taking place Saturday, June 20th. This event funds all of the chapter’s many programs and services and benefits more than 130 local families. To support this fundraiser, these three Dads are forming a “Team” to help do their part. Their plan is to cycle around Pictou County a total of 100 miles in one day (known as an imperial century in the cycling world, approx. 7.5hrs in total) to raise awareness and garner support for their Team for Walk the Walk.
Colin Wood has a son Connor who is 16 years of age and was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3. Colin sits on the Executive Board for APC and serves as the chapter’s “Walk the Walk” coordinator, and has been cycling for 6 years.
Adam Casey has a son Aydon who is 14 years of age and was also diagnosed with Autism when he was 3. Adam sits on the Executive Board for APC as Vice-President and started cycling 2 years ago.
Kevin Tulloch has a son James who is 16 years of age and is diagnosed with a lesser known disorder called Fragile X syndrome. Over the years, James has benefitted from the programs offered by APC. Kevin has been known to volunteer for many local events and also complete challenges in support of many important programs such as swimming from NB to PEI for a Camp Brigadoon fundraiser. Kevin has been swimming, running marathons (including ultras), and cycling for over 35 years.
The event will begin and end at Autism Pictou County’s office at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow. We plan to ride as a group of 3 at an average pace of 25km/hr leaving at approx. 6:45am May 23rd and arriving back at APC around 2:30pm. We will have a small celebration and some light snacks/refreshments at the APC office beginning at 2:00pm and would like to encourage the public to stop by to enjoy and greet the weary riders.
These are our planned stops along the route. We encourage the public to come out and show their support with the approximate times listed as guides. Donations will also be collected at the stations.
Autism Pictou County 6:45 AM Departure (Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow)
1. Sumac Farms 25 km 7:45 AM
2. Michelin 50 km 8:50 AM
3. Pictou Waterfront 80 km 10:15 AM
4. Toney River 105 km 11:25 AM
5. Scotsburn Fire Hall 125 km 12:40 PM
6. Autism Pictou County 161 km 2:30 PM Arrival
What to do:
• If you would like to support the event, please go to the top of this page and click “Sponsor Us” on the right hand side. Our team name is “100 Miles for Autism”. Official Income Tax receipts are available for donations $20 and over and will be provided after the Walk the Walk event in June.
• Want to join the ride? All are welcome, however please keep in mind that the full 100 mile distance would not be recommended for beginner riders. While this is not an official Bicycle Nova Scotia event, if you would like to join the ride, we would love to have the support. You don’t have to ride the entire route. Please feel free to join us at APC for the start or at any of the rest stations above per the estimated schedule and continue as long as you like. We have only initially planned to offer support for the 3 of us (nutrition, first aid, bike service, etc). If we know others are coming along, we will definitely add to the supplies as much as possible, but please show up prepared with your own food and supplies for whichever distance you plan to ride. Participants ride at their own risk.
• There is No Entry Fee for this event!!! However, we request that anyone who is planning on participating with us that they join as members of our team “100 Miles For Autism” by clicking the “Join Our Team” button at the top right of this page and either make a small donation, or collect pledges in support. Registration will also be possible at the rest stations on the day of the ride but we encourage pre-registration if at all possible. We also recommend cyclists have front and back lights and are registered with Bicycle NS however these are not a requirement.
Coordinator ContactColin Wood