Monster bike run to pass through city

A Monster Run being organized in Quesnel to fight muscular dystrophy will pass through Salmon Arm in July.

Muscular dystrophy is a group of hereditary muscle diseases that weaken the muscles.

In high school, Quesnel’s Stew Castle befriended a young man suffering from MD who, at various stages in his young life, had been told he would die from the disease.

Castle was there for his friend through the good times and the bad, always aware of the toll the disease exacted.

The route will begin in Quesnel, July 8, run to Prince George, McBride, Valemount, Clearwater, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, Merritt, Spence’s Bridge, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and back to Quesnel.

The Monster Run will be an endurance ride, not a race, and will cover 1,800 kilometres over 30 hours.

Bikers are encouraged to collect pledges to generate donations for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, but for those who just want to participate, a minimum $75 donation is required.

As far as Castle knows, this is the first nonstop fundraiser endurance ride in the province and he expects riders from across B.C. to be interested in the Monster Run.

Registration deadline is June 1. To learn more about the Monster Run, call 250-983-6325, email, or visit the website,