Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan and Subaru IRONMAN Canada will have stations set up at this Sunday’s Pedal Penticton event in hopes of recruiting volunteers for their events in September. The Granfondo is scheduled for Sept. 19, 2021 and needs 400 volunteers to support up to 2,300 cyclists in the event. IRONMAN Canada is scheduled a week later on Sept. 26, 2021 and needs to recruit 2,000 volunteers to support the athletes expected to participate.
“Penticton is renowned for our support of these global events,” says the City of Penticton General Manager of Community Services Anthony Haddad. “We’re working hard to build on the tradition of these events in Penticton and hope to revive the support of our volunteers.”
The City is hosting Pedal Penticton on Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Gyro Park as part of the opening of the first sections of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route. The event will feature a group ride on the route and a community expo with e-bike demos, children’s mountain bike obstacle course, trishaw rides, swag bags for the first 100 riders and much more to raise awareness of the route and to get the community involved in cycling. Information about volunteer opportunities and sign-up sheets for Granfondo and IRONMAN Canada will be provided at the City’s tent at the event.
“Some of my fondest memories involve seeing our community come together to host these important events. Our volunteers have the skills and experience to make these events successful,” said Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki. “I encourage the army of volunteers to dust off their t-shirts, come down to Pedal Penticton and sign-up to support these events and Penticton’s economic recovery.”
More information about these events can be found at the following websites: Pedal Penticton (www.penticton.ca/cycling), Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com, and IRONMAN Canada Penticton (www.ironman.com/im-canada)