My year Biking, Running and Skiing across Canada for Cancer Research


On April 5th I completed my 7,032 km virtual trip biking, running and skiing across Canada for cancer research. If you’re wondering what a virtual trip is, I logged all of the miles in and around Edmonton, and during the Winter switched to an indoor trainer when I couldn’t ride outside. I measured a relatively straight route through Canada stretching from St. John’s, Halifax to Victoria, BC and subtracted any water crossings.

On April 12th, 2020 I committed to riding the distance across Canada and to raising $10,000 in under a year. 51 weeks later I was done.

It was difficult. I launched this “Give’r Project” once it became clear that the global pandemic was going to wash away dozens of impactful fundraising events that support my beloved Alberta Cancer Foundation.

All told, 99 donors contributed $10,450…enough to pay for a seat in a clinical trial at the Cross Cancer Institute. The experience was extremely gratifying. I reinforced for myself that audacious, worthwhile things can be achieved with the application of consistent energy and passion. I was reminded of how generous people are for this cause, and how many of us cancer has changed.

My one regret was that a great deal of energy went into designing the platform to enable and encourage others to craft their own Give’r Project and get fundraising on their own. Unfortunately we didn’t get much traction there (yet).

What should we do next?

1,110 km down & $3,175 raised! Give’r Project Week 7 Update


We’re over 32% toward our goal of funding a potentially lifesaving critical trial for someone facing cancer.

Through the past 7 weeks on the bike  I have reclaimed my appreciation of the flow that comes from long, difficult physical exertion.  It has been a revelation…rediscovering what I knew 15 years ago when I was regularly running and training for 10k’s, half marathons and triathlons.

The Give’r Project – a continuation of 13 years of cycling and fundraising for cancer research – is a beautiful compliment and reinforcing of a lifelong commitment to fitness, health and well-being.

There really is only one finish line, and when we see a world free from cancer in 2030 it will be time to share a beer, some high-fives, and then lace up and keep right on going.

Thanks for supporting my Give’r Project.  Join Team Cross Cancer Institute or create your own team and Just Give’r.

A Virtuous Cycle


Readers of this blog know that I pledged to ride, run, swim and paddle 7,000 km in under a year in support of cancer research, prevention and care at the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

I used to run a lot when I was younger…and running 3-4 times a week kept me in touch with not only the physical and mental health benefits of running, but also the well of creativity that one can access when pushing hard physically…the turning off of the chattering mind and turning on of the benefits of flow.

Frankly I made the pledge to cover 7,000 km on a bit of a whim…I was reading about the 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope just as it was announced that my annual Ride to Conquer Cancer had been cancelled.  As a supporter of cancer research I wanted to do something and the Give’r Project was born.

Stuck inside on a trainer for the most part I had started to flag last week…feeling isolated and wondering if I had bitten off more than I could chew.  But now, 6 weeks and 950 km in,  I feel like I have crested a big hill.  I feel stronger all of a sudden, and the riding is less drudgery and more inspiration.  I have tapped that well and where there was boredom, isolation and anxiety I am now experiencing expansiveness, wellness and creativity.

I heard someone say today, related to the pandemic, “…tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”

I’m feeling it.  If you are having a hard time getting moving, maybe you should just Give’r.