The Ottawa Hospital's RIDE for research is back


The Ottawa Hospital's RIDE for research is back

MARCH 1, OTTAWA, ON – Research at The Ottawa Hospital is changing lives here at home and around the globe; and it’s community support that’s vital to that success. On September 9, THE RIDE for research will once again inject significant funding into key research projects such as cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, and more.

With a fundraising minimum of $750, THE RIDE will offer three options for cyclists including a 50KM closed route, 117KM open road route, and the Virtual Ride. The Virtual Ride is an ideal option for anyone wanting to participate in THE RIDE but perhaps is not available on September 9. They can track their kilometers through THE RIDE app, while out cycling on weekends or spin classes at the gym.

Tim Kluke, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, says the funds raised have a significant impact on the work our researchers are doing. “Our cyclists need to know the funds they raise go a long way to support research right here in Ottawa. The Ottawa Hospital leverages every $1 donated to generate up to $10 in external funding."

THE RIDE is proud to welcome back Mattamy Homes as our title sponsor. Kevin O’Shea, Division President of Mattamy Homes, says he can still feel the energy from last year. “Our Mattamy Homes team had such a phenomenal experience cycling last year. We look forward to building on that in 2018. THE RIDE is a great mix for our employees to not only promote healthy living through cycling but also, we have a great time. We're proud to connect the Mattamy Homes brand with The Ottawa Hospital's RIDE for Research.”

Breast cancer survivor Donna Jakowec participated in THE RIDE last year for the first time. She was ready for the 2018 edition as soon as she crossed the finish line. “I felt really well taken care of because of all of the motorcycle volunteers who were keeping an eye on me. I did THE RIDE on my own and I met some great people. It almost felt like I was on a team.”

In the past eight years, THE RIDE has exceeded $12 million in fundraising for research at The Ottawa Hospital. Register for THE RIDE today at

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges. For more information about The Ottawa Hospital, visit

Media Contact: Shelley McLean, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation; [email protected]; 613-324-4466