If you’ll be driving through Interior BC over the next few weeks and you happen to spot a throng of cops in your rearview mirror, don’t worry, they’re not going to pull you over. In fact, this athletic bunch is on a special mission to bike through 1600 kilometers of terrain to raise money for children who are in medical, physical or traumatic crisis.
Those who know what it’s like to drive 1600 kilometers can only imagine what it’s like doing it on a bike, which is why these men and women deserve a lot of support for their grueling efforts. That’s why our Sandman Hotel Kelowna was proud to help kick off the ‘Cops for Kids’ journey with a hearty breakfast at Denny’s Restaurant (attached to the hotel) last Friday morning. A proud hotel sponsor for the ride, we, in partnership with Denny’s, provided everything from rooms to rest in, to a delicious pre-ride meal that fueled everyone for the long trek along Highway 97.
The 22 determined souls will be pushing through 18 stops, ranging from Cranbrook, Golden, Kamloops and Vernon and everywhere in between, before completing the circuit in Kelowna on Sunday, September 16th. Now in its 11th year running, the event has gathered a lot of notice, and as some of the riders mentioned, it now attracts large crowds on the sides of the roads to cheer them on. During the ride, local community groups, restaurants, and hotels also lend their services to support the cause.
Sheila Perapalkin, Sandman’s Business Development Manager for the Okanagan and Kootenay region and Val Olsen, Banquet Manager for Denny’s, had their photo taken with the cyclists during their big kick off breakfast and couldn’t have been more impressed at the enthusiasm and determination of each participant. “It’s our 7th year sponsoring the ride,” says Perapalkin, “and we’re sure this year’s trek will be better than ever.”
Highway 97 will also be buzzing with activity north of the Kamloops region. More specifically, it will play host to a large crowd of fans who will be heading to Quesnel for the BC Rodeo Association Championship Finals from September 14 – 16.
Attracting cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country, the event will be held at Alex Fraser Park, a spectacular setting of lush Evergreens, mountain views and – of course – adrenaline pulsing rodeo action.
The 10th consecutive year hosting the championship finals, Quesnel has solidified its status as a favourite among the ‘Western’ loving folk because the area is busting with charming turn-of-the century homes, stores, historical sites and of course that legendary ‘gold rush’ status – adding an unmistakable touch of authenticity to its candour.
Proud to support the finals, Sandman Hotel Quesnel General Manager Rob Moutray says of the event, “It’s our most popular attraction of the year. We get a nice mix of fans and first timers who all are thrilled at the excitement of it all…plus they get to discover the charming allure of Quesnel too. It’s a great draw.”
Friday’s rodeo performance starts at 7:00 pm and will also have fundraising efforts for the Salvation Army Food Bank and breast cancer awareness, both great causes that the community comes together to support.
Whether it’s bucking or biking, we’re sure both of our Sandman Hotels are sure to have a wild ride this weekend!
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