Friends and family of the late Ken Quon will host the second annual Ken Quon Ride On Sunday, Aug. 12.
Sanctioned by the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association, the mountain bike ride, walk and barbecue raises funds for emergency care equipment. Organizers are hoping to raise $12,000 to purchase a second portable diagnostic machine, so that there is one in each of Whistler’s ambulances.
Once again there will be a short course for walkers and hikers that goes by the memorial established for Ken Quon, as well as a recreational race on trails around the park.
New this year, organizers have created the Re/Max Corridor Cup challenge, inviting teams of three men and one woman to race three laps of the course. The winning team with the lowest combined time will win the cup, which sits in the Re/Max Sea to Sky Real Estate offices.
If you don’t have a team, organizers will match up solo racers that want to do the three-lap course with teams that are short members.
Event headquarters is at Riverside RV Resort and Campground. Sign-on gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and the race will get underway at noon. Five minutes later the slower walkers and riders will make their way to the memorial.
The cost is $10 to enter, or $15 for racers participating in the team event. You must be a WORCA member to take part or be sanctioned by Cycling B.C.
The entry fee includes the post-race barbecue, and a ticket to the prize draw. Additional raffle tickets will be available, and there will be a 50/50 draw and silent auction.
Ken Quon was a popular member of the mountain bike community who died of an undiagnosed heart condition while guiding a Wild Willies ride in 2005. Although he died almost instantly, his friends and family established the Ken Quon Memorial Fund in his name to raise money to purchase emergency care equipment.
For information on the race, visit www.kenquonrideon.com.