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Fourth annual Ride of the Mustangs takes over George McDougall

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:53 am

Brayden Ziegler cracked a smile as he took part in the Ride of the Mustangs bikeathon at George McDougall High School on April 15.
Brayden Ziegler cracked a smile as he took part in the Ride of the Mustangs bikeathon at George McDougall High School on April 15.
Lucas Punkari/Rocky View Publishing

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With a hardwood floor replacing the regular basketball court inside the George McDougall High School gym, it can only mean one thing.

The annual Ride of the Mustangs is back once again.

The fourth edition of the event officially got underway on April 15, with a total of 63 teams of eight to 12 riders biking in shifts for 48 hours straight.

“It’s always a great day, especially because of all of the excitement and the anticipation that goes into the start of this,” George McDougall Principal Ed Polhill said.

“The kids are always pumped up about getting everything kicked off, and we are all fired up about getting things underway,” he added.

With a goal of raising $150,000 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to help with childhood cancer initiatives, the students themselves have been extra motivated to take part this year.

“I’ve been doing this for all four years here, and it’s been getting better and better,” Grade 12 student Colin Reynolds said. “To give back to the hospital and help them in the fight against cancer has been awesome, especially since we have raised over $250,000 since we started.”

“It’s been pretty cool to take part in this,” Grade 10 student Brayden Ziegler added.

“To be part of a cause like this has been amazing, and a lot of fun as well.”

The teams have also made sure that they are staying as comfortable as they can during the 48-hour bike-a-thon, where riders will be switching off every 90 minutes.

“We set up a lounge chair for the riders to sit on while they pedal with their feet, as it just makes things more comfortable,” Ziegler said. “That also allows us to see the television that we have set up for watching movies, which will keep us entertained and awake.”

“Once you get to the 20- or 30-hour mark, it starts to get pretty hard,” Reynolds added. “I’m sure we will all be downing energy drinks once we get to the late stages.”

A full recap of this year’s Ride of the Mustangs will be published in the April 24 edition of the Airdrie City View.


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