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It's said "Tall oaks from little acorns grow" and the first Bike for Tykes was indeed "little" in many ways. Only 22 teams and just $15,000 raised in a corner of the TD Centre courtyard with a spin instructor on a bike on the tippy back of a pick-up truck, surrounded by Molson Indy Racing Show Cars. No website. No emails. No on-line donations. Just a lot of hope and ambition. Hardly an auspicious start you'd say! This was 2000. Bike for Tykes has blossomed and grown to nine-fold in bikes by 2016 and OVER $2.8 million raised since it's inception. Bike for Tykes was a part of the then Molson Indy Festival Foundation, an organization that raised funds for children's charities through events held in conjunction with the Molson Indy Race.

The vision behind Bike for Tykes was to bring together teams of spinning enthusiasts for some mid-day exercise, and camaraderie, while raising funds in support of charities that change the lives of children. Marni and Fred Hamilton drew upon some true friends and fellow spirits volunteering to do it all - attract teams, find instructors, plead for prizes, register teams, pump out sound and have a great time - and that's the way it's been from the start. Bike for Tykes continued as part of the Foundation until 2005 when the Race was sold and Molson ended their involvement. In 2006 and 2007, the Grand Prix Festival Foundation took over from Molsons but decided to discontinue Foundation activity at the end of 2007. In 2008, the Hamiltons  and Friends decided the Bike for Tykes charitable impact was too worthwhile to suffer such an early end. They committed themselves to continuing  the Bike for Tykes Event as a stand-alone affair. Drawing on their friends and kindred spirits prepared to devote substantial time and talent to such a noble purpose.

 

 

 

 
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