FAQ

Do I have to camp at Tour for Kids?

Alberta: Accommodation on Friday night is camping at David Thompson Park Resort and cabins at Camp Kindle on Saturday. Make sure you bring your tent, pillow and sleeping bag. There is a VERY limited indoor accommodation at David Thompson Park Resort, book early or cuddle with the coyotes.  Make sure you indicate who you’ll be sharing your cabin with.

Atlantic: Accommodation on Saturday is at Brigadoon Village in the cabins where campers stay. Pack your pillow and sleeping bag and make sure you indicate who you’ll be sharing your cabin with.

Ontario: Accommodation for 2 nights is included in your 3 day registration.   Brock University offers one single bed, air conditioned room with desk, dresser and wardrobe. One 4-piece washroom is accessible from each of two adjoining single bedrooms.  Make sure you indicate who you’ll be sharing the washroom with.

I’m an out of province rider – got any suggestions where to stay?

Tour for Kids Organizers travel to the various provinces, below are our recommendations.  If you’re travelling out of province make sure you give Sharon.Andres@ctcacf.org a heads up – we’ll do our best to shuttle you to the start.

 

Alberta: 

Address: 8220 Bowridge Crescent NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 2V1
Room Block Name: Tour for Kids
Contact to Book: 1-888-627-8621 OR book online;  https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/TourForKids
Deadline: Rooms must be booked by June 10th
$159 + taxes Traditional Queen (2 beds)

$179 + taxes Queen Suite (2 queen beds plus a separate room with pullout sofa)

 

Atlantic and Ontario:

More information to come.

What are Route Marshalls?

Route marshals are registered riders and fundraisers who volunteer their expertise and ensure their pace group of 12-15 cyclists return safely to the finish line.

When are the routes announced?

Our team works on planning the route until hours before the event. Because of last minute construction notices, permits issues and forest fires, we can’t post the final route until shortly before the event. Stay tuned to the website the day before the event begins to find downloadable PDF’s of the route map, and GPS files for your bike-mounted GPS unit.

Where are the routes like?

Alberta: Gorgeous routes and climbs that take us through the Rockies, Rocky Mountain House and a final climb in Cochrane.

Atlantic: Stunning routes along the shores of the Bay of Fundy, through Annapolis Valley and the wilderness of Nova Scotia.

Ontario: Ride along the Niagara Escarpment, the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, through Niagara-on-the-Lake and a special ride to Camp Trillium Rainbow lake.

When do I need to arrive?

On event day, ensure you arrive energized with a full belly and excited to get on the road.  Light refreshments and coffee are offered in Alberta and Atlantic.  More details are sent to participants via eblasts plus check out FB (www.facebook.com/tourforkids) to get into the spirit of the event.

Registration opens at 7am

Opening ceremonies starts at 7:45am

On the road 8:15am

Is Tour for Kids nut free?

We are a wild bunch, but no, we are not nut or peanut free.

Do I need to fundraise?

Indeed!  Tour for Kids is a fundraiser and the minimum fundraising amount is due the day of the ride.  The last day to submit donations is September 30th but please continue to fundraise until the end of the year.

I’m registered for more than one Tour for Kids event, do I need to fundraise for each one?

Absolutely.

I can’t participant in Tour for Kids, what do I need to do?

Email contact@tourforkids.com as soon as you find out you can no longer ride.  After June 1, we are unable to process refunds, however we can turn your registration fee to a donation.   If you’re an Early Bird with a personalized jersey, we ask you to cover the cost of the jersey regardless when you cancel your registration.

What is SWAG?

Stuff We All Get.  Usually contained in a snazzy Tour for Kids bag, your SWAG includes a variety of items including a Tshirt and water bottle for 2 & 3 day riders and event volunteers.

When can I pick up my SWAG?

The first day Tour for Kids kicks off.

Ugh, my jersey/Tshirt doesn’t fit, can I exchange it?

For sure, if they are available.  Once Tour for Kids starts and everyone has their jersey/tshirt, we’ll do our best to exchange your size.

What if I can’t meet the minimum fundraising amount?

Riders who have not met their minimums by the start of the event are reminded are asked to provide their credit card information to cover the discrepancy and your SWAG kit will be held back until your fundraising commitment has been met.

What’s the deal with teams?

Teams are a great way to support each other.  They ride together, organize fundraisers together, dress in the same kit, celebrate and support each other year round. Find at least one more rider to join you, and you’ve got yourself a team!

Can we fundraise as a team?

Each team member must raise the minimum fundraising amount, one team member cannot be the primary fundraiser and “cover” the fundraising for the rest of the team.  As a goal, your team’s fundraising should increase with each new member.

What if I can’t ride the whole distance?

That’s why we have route support.  If you have a mechanical issue, our mechanics will do their best to help you.  If you’re tired or injured our medics will check you out first then find a vehicle to take you back to the finish line.

Do I need a helmet? I just checked my bike and the chain is rusty – what do I do?

You totally need a helmet.  Hopefully you’ve been on your bike a few times before you arrive at Tour for Kids and it’s been serviced and maintained.   Our mechanics will support your ride with minor repairs, but they aren’t miracle workers.  The cost of repairs are managed between yourself and our mechanics.

I signed up as a volunteer, is there food and accommodations for me?

Absolutely!  There are lots of opportunities to enjoy meals on and off the road.  In Alberta and Atlantic make sure you bring your pillow, sleeping bag and tent just like the riders.  In Ontario, accommodations at Brock University are provided.

Can I volunteer with my friends?

Tour for Kids is a great opportunity to meet tons of new friends and not the Facebook kind!  We like to give people the chance to try new experiences, explore new opportunities and face challenges head on.  We’ll try to keep you together.

What is considered a receiptable donation?

Donations made by individuals or a company over the amount of $20 with complete mailing addresses will receive a tax receipt.

Donations stemming from, but not limited to, auctions, event tickets, pooling together money do not qualify for tax receipts.

What do I do with cash and cheque donations I receive?

Cash and cheque donations you receive may be entered individually in the fundraising section of your participant page and will credit your fundraising total immediately. Log into the site, then hover over your name in the top right and click on ‘Manage my Page.’ Click on ‘Fundraise and Thank Yous’ and go to ‘Enter Cash/Cheques’ tab.  Enter your donations.

  • For cash donations or cheques made out to you personally: You may enter each cash donation separately with the donor’s name, email and address so that they each receive a donation receipt. You can then process all cash donations to your credit card and keep the cash. You will receive a payment receipt email to confirm the donations you process on your credit card. Remember, if you receive cheques made out to you personally, rather than to the Event/Foundation, you treat these as cash donations.
  • For cheque donations: You may enter each cheque donation separately with the donor’s name, email and address so that they each receive a tax receipt. You then mail the cheques to us at: 20 Queen St W, Box 17, Toronto, Ontario  M3H 3R3  Canada

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you enter a bulk of cash donations at once or bulk of cheque donations at once, you can enter a generic name, such as “generous donors” but you don’t enter a donor email or address, since no donation receipt will be issued.

How do donors receive their donation receipts?

 

When a donor donates online, they will see a donation complete page after submitting their donation that they may print. They will also receive a tax receipt email immediately once the transaction is complete.  If entering the donor’s email yourself, ensure you enter their email address in order for the receipt to be emailed directly to the donor.  If you don’t have donor’s email you can either enter your own or enter receipts@ctcacf.org and we’ll mail a receipt within 6 weeks.

Do I need a pledge form?

For sure!  If you’re collecting a large number of donations, feel free to use our pledge form.

Alberta Pledge Form

Atlantic Pledge Form

Ontario Pledge Form

What’s the age requirement for riders and volunteers?

Tour for Kids is marketed, organized and executed as an adult-oriented cycling event. While we appreciate that children and youth may be passionate about contributing as volunteers or cyclists, there are inherent risks of personal injury and/or age appropriate behaviour associated with participation in this type of program. As a result, certain restrictions and limitations must be imposed on the participation of minors.

For legal and insurance purposes, the following policies have been implemented:

Minors, under the age of 19, are permitted to stay overnight only if accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or assigned escort. There are potentially hazardous circumstances inherent in a cycling event as well as unsupervised consumption of alcohol on the premises. It is the family’s responsibility, not the Event’s, to mitigate exposure and associated risk.

Please review age restrictions and guideline for volunteers and cyclists, contact  Sharon.Andres@ctcacf.org for questions or concerns regarding this policy.

CYCLISTS

  1. Persons under the age of 16 as of the date of the event are not permitted to register as a cyclist in any Tour For Kids event whether or not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and regardless of their cycling ability or experience.
  2. Minors who are 16, 17, or 18 years of age as of the date of the event must present a letter that identifies an adult assigned to be their 24 hour escort on and off the bike for the duration of Tour for Kids. The letter must be signed by the parent or legal guardian and the escort along with a copy of our online waiver then presented to the Event Organizer 30 days before the start of the Ride. If the waiver and letter are not presented to the Event Organizer at this time, the youth will not be permitted to ride. The Event Organizer can be reached at Andres@ctcacf.org. On the day of Registration, both the minor and assigned escort must clearly identify themselves to Event Organizers and the Concierge/Registration Team.
  3. Minor cyclists may cycle in a group of their choosing as long as both the cyclist and their escort, also on a bike, have cell phones or agree to meet at each rest stop to stay in contact while on the road.
  4. Minor cyclists are subject to the same rules as all other cyclists. This requires that they be able to adhere to the distances and/or speeds of their chosen cycling group. Failure to do so will result in removal from the route as per general cycling requirements.
  5. The minor and assigned escort must identify themselves to their group marshal each day and whenever there is a change in riding group or additional riders have joined the group.
  6. The escort must notify a Tour for Kids Organizer that the youth has safely arrived at each day’s finish location
  7. As stated in the general waiver, the Event reserves the right to restrict or disqualify participants.
  8. Persons below the age of majority are permitted in licensed areas serving alcohol, subject to the approval of the venue and liquor licensee. These Persons must be clearly identified as such through the use of a wristband or other identifier and will not be served alcohol.
  9. Minors, Persons below the age of majority, and their escorts who fail to abide by these policies may be immediately dismissed from the premises, Tour for Kids and future Tour for Kids events.

VOLUNTEERS

  1. Minors that are 14, 15, 16, 17, or 18 years of age as of the date of the event must present a letter that identifies an adult assigned to be their 24 hour escort on and off volunteer hours, for the duration of Tour for Kids. This includes pre and post set up/tear down of the event. The letter MUST be signed by the parent or legal guardian and the escort along with a copy of our online waiver then presented to the Event Organizer 30 days before the start of the Ride. If the waiver and letter are not presented to the Event Organizer at this time, the youth will not be permitted to participate. The Event Organizer can be reached at Andres@ctcacf.org. On the day of Registration, both the minor and assigned escort must clearly identify themselves to Event Organizers and the Concierge Team.
  2. Minors, aged 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, are permitted to volunteer and/or stay overnight on site only when accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also volunteering. Minors under the age of 14 are not entitled to stay overnight but may participate as “day volunteers” if prearranged with the Event Organizer.
  3. Persons below the age of majority are permitted in licensed areas serving alcohol, subject to the approval of the venue and liquor licensee. These Persons must be clearly identified as such through the use of a wristband or other identifier and will not be served alcohol.
  4. Minors, persons below the age of majority, and their escorts who fail to abide by these policies outlined may be immediately dismissed from the premises, Tour for Kids and future Tour for Kids events.

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