Pedal 500 km in 5 Days? No problem, says BRWA!

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The Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) will be hosting their second annual ‘Rolling Down the River’ bike tour this June, travelling 500km across the watershed in 5 days. The cycling ‘Watershed Streamers’ will be starting at the Battle River Headwaters at Battle Lake on Sunday June 9th and will finish in Edgerton on the 13th. The tour is part of the BRWA’s goal to encourage Whole Health, recognizing that we need a clean and healthy environment or order to have vibrant communities and a strong economy.

     ”The bike ride provides an opportunity for people to get active outdoors and experience the watershed in a new and exciting way.” Comments Nathalie Stanley . “The more we explore our Battle River County the more we appreciate it.  And on a bike you see things in an all new light, because we go so slow!”

    During the inaugural ride in June 2012, “Streamers” rode from the Battle Lake to North Battleford, SK where the Battle River joins the North Saskatchewan River. The trip was filled with laughter and encouragement, and incredible support from the funders and communities they passed through, which is why they are doing it again. 

    Participants will be travelling approximately 100km each day, moving from the headwaters down through Wetaskiwin, Ferintosh, Bashaw, Halkirk, Coronation and Consort up through Czar and Provost. It won’t all be sweat, highways and sore butts, however. Along the way, the group will be stopping daily to visit schools, municipal offices, and interesting sites such as the new wind farm around Halkirk to raise awareness of Whole Health, both with the cyclists and people they meet 

    The focus for this year’s bike tour will be local agriculture and the role it plays supporting communities and the environment. There will be many opportunities to see agriculture in action along the ride, and riders menu will consist of many local products, prepared by their travelling chefs Malorie Aube, the owner of Camrose’s own locally-sourced Country Accent Bistro, and retired caterer/BRWA Board member Midge Lambert.  ‘Streamers’ will even be able to sample Ribstone Creek Beer brewed in Edgerton to celebrate the end of the trip!

    This tour is a great way to get active outdoors while learning about your community and the beauty of Alberta’s Parkland. The BRWA are inviting local community members to join on the trip.  You could be hard-core and go the whole 500km, or join the team for an hour or a single day as they pass through your town. There is no registration cost and all meals and accommodation will be covered for the first 12 Watershed residents who register. 

    If you have any questions, or you wish to register for the tour, please contact Program Coordinator Nathalie Stanley at 780 672-0276 or via email at Nathalie@battleriverwaterhsed.ca.  Be part of a movement, and get moving!

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