MacKinnon brothers invite you to final stretch of country-wide cycling quest

For 60 days, the MacKinnon boys have peddled across the country, running into everything from torrential rainfalls to celebrities.

The MacKinnon brothers from Comox are on their way home after a nationwide fundraising bicycle trek.

The MacKinnon brothers from Comox are on their way home after a nationwide fundraising bicycle trek.

For 60 days, the MacKinnon boys have peddled across the country, running into everything from torrential rainfalls to celebrities.

This Thursday, the boys are making their final journey for a celebratory homecoming in Comox, with a 105 km cycle from Nanaimo to Marina Park.

The Comox-raised brothers —Scott, Sean, Ross and Ryan — have nearly completed their bike trip across Canada in order to raise awareness and funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder which affects motor skills, speech and movement.

They have been peddling across the country in the name of their grandfather — Baha — Olympian, lawyer, UBC Athletics Hall of Fame member and author Neville Munro.

As the brothers reached Nova Scotia Monday, their goal has remained the same throughout the trip: to raise one dollar for every kilometre they ride, as well as one dollar for every kilometre Baha would have ridden, for a total of $40,075.

Currently, the boys have raised $32,950, and a final push to reach their goal is scheduled on Thursday evening at the park, when the boys are scheduled to arrive around 5:45 p.m.

Following their arrival, there will be a BBQ, dunk tank, silent auction, a 50/50 draw and more until 10 p.m., said co-ordinator Maya Villanueva.

“It will be a chance to welcome them back,” she added.

The brothers invite anyone to join them on their final journey into the town, as they will be hosting a Biking for Baha Community Ride for one of three distances: Nanaimo to Comox, Qualicum to Comox, or Royston to Comox. Riders are asked to raise $1 for each kilometre they will ride, which could range from $105 to $15, depending on the leg.

To participate in the community ride, contact bikingforbaha@gmail.com, or to donate to Biking for Baha, visit the brothers’ blog at: bikingforbaha.weebly.com.

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