The formal black tie event will feature a five course meal featuring bison, as well as live entertainment and a silent auction.
The next day, the crew of 29 will leave Dawson Creek on its seven day, 850 kilometre ride up to Fort St. John, then all the way down to Williams Lake. Constable Leo Corcoran from Dawson Creek will be taking part for the first time, and says he’s both excited and nervous, but definitely prepared for the ride.
“I’ve gone on a couple practice runs with the guys from Fort St. John,” he says. “I just want to make sure I can keep up with everybody else. I think I’ll be fine.”
The second day of the ride is one of the longest, around 140 kilometres from Fort St. John to Chetwynd, and Corcoran expects the roads to Hudson’s Hope to be one of the biggest challenges.
Each rider on the Tour de North has their own motivations for taking part in the ride, and for Corcoran, it’s the close family members and friends he’s had who have battled the disease.
“This is kind of my way of helping support the cause,” he says. “It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by cancer. For me, if I can do anything, I will. If there are kids in the future and they ever came down with a diagnosis of cancer, the help they’ll need is there.”
Funds raised through the Tour de North support cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society, and Camp Goodtimes, a getaway for children with cancer and their families. Donations have already been pouring in, including through successful Jail N’ Bail events in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
“We had people that long passed their goals, and really want to help support our cause,” adds Corcoran. “Personally that was impressive that they would put that much dedication and track down that many people to come up with that kind of money.”
Tickets for tomorrow night’s dinner are available through the Encana Events Centre’s box office. For more information on the Tour de North and how to donate, visit www.copsforcancerbc.ca.