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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or to donate to Biking for Baha, visit the brothers’ blog at: bikingforbaha.weebly.com.