Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Const. Nick Reimann (arresting Morning Star reporter Roger Knox during a Cops For Kids Jail for Bail fundraiser) is one of three members of the local detachment taking part in the annual Cops For Kids cycling tour. (Morning Star file photo)

Cops For Kids hit road

Annual cycling trek raises money and covers 1,000 km; rolls into Vernon Saturday, Sept. 16

Three members of the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment hit the road for a long, worthwhile bike journey Friday.

Const. Nick Reimann, Const. Krista Boudreau and RCMP municipal employee Denise McMahon are members of the team heading off from Kelowna in the annual Cops For Kids bike tour of southeastern B.C.

The event raises funds for children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis in southeastern B.C.

During their 10 days on the road, Reimann, Boudreau, McMahon and teammates will cover 1,000 kilometres before their return to Kelowna Sunday, Sept. 17.

“The Cops For Kids Ride is our signature fundraising event throughout the year and the 2016 Ride was extremely successful in raising awareness and funds to help the little hearts in our communities,” said Cops For Kids spokesperson Courtney King. “Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters that helped us on our journey throughout the year to reach our goal.”

Reimann has been taking part in the Cops For Kids ride since 2014, while Boudreau and McMahon joined the squad in 2015.

The trek leaves Kelowna Friday, heading to Osoyoos. Then, it’s up and over the Anarchist Pass to the Kootenays, stopping in Grand Forks, Castlegar, Creston and Cranbrook. From Cranbrook, it’s off to Three Valley Gap, then to Kamloops before heading into Vernon on Saturday, Sept. 16 (3:30 p.m. at Boston Pizza).

The tour ends in Kelowna Sunday, Sept. 17.

King said this years ride is sure to be a thrilling yet gruelling experience with great potential to surpass last year’s fundraising capacity.

For more information on the ride, the riders and how to receive a Cops For Kids grant, please visit the Grant Guidelines page at copsforkids.org.

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