By David Klassen
WINNIPEG — It was a tad chilly Saturday morning, but the roughly 1,250 motorcyclists registered for the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad didn’t seem to mind.
Spirits were running high at Polo Park Shopping Centre as the seventh annual ride departed shortly after 10 a.m. for its journey west down Portage Avenue.
“In just seven years we have raised over $1 million thanks to all our registered riders, pledge donors, volunteers and sponsors,” said spokesperson and prostate cancer survivor Ed Johner. “It is very gratifying for our organizing committee to see the support Manitobans provide the Ride for Dad as well as our tremendous media partners who spread the word about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer.”
More than $260,000 was raised this year alone, with all proceeds staying in Manitoba to support prostate cancer research and education.
The ride made a brief stop at Assiniboia Downs before heading north to Selkirk, Gimli and back. The event culminated with a wind-up celebration at Cowboys, Canad Inn Windsor Park.