Beau’s Virtual Oktoberfest Ride 2020

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Beau’s Virtual Oktoberfest Ride 2020

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Virtual

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June 16, 2020 - October 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Register today to join us virtually, win great prizes and make a difference.

Every year, we look forward to coming together—across four regions—to bike to Beau’s Oktoberfest in support of vulnerable youth in our communities.

Though a physical event will not take place this year, the bike ride is too great of an experience to miss out on, and the need of homeless and vulnerable youth in our communities are too great to wait until 2021.

Virtual Event Details

WHEN: Our Beau’s Virtual Ride runs from June 16 until October 15.
You can raise funds and earn prizes until October 14.

WHERE: Since we will not be holding an in-person Ride this year, participants are not required to cycle to Vankleek Hill or cycle a specific route to qualify for prizing. You can cycle any distance, anywhere, with your family, whether outside or with your virtual cycling program. We ask participants to join our Strava group to share your rides, distances and win additional prizes.

HOW: Register as an individual or create a team with your friends and family. Early Bird Registration runs until July 15. Join our Facebook and Strava groups to be kept up to date with upcoming challenges and updates.

As a participant, you will receive:

  • A custom Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. cycling jersey
  • A Virtual Ride Kit
  • Great prizes for fundraising, including a chance to win your 2021 Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride Registration
  • Ongoing social media challenges to win additional prizes and swag

Register today and go the distance for United Way!

Early Bird Registration: $79 until July 15
Regular Registration: $99 until October 14.

Fundraising Prizes

In addition to your registration, you can raise additional funds that will help vulnerable youth in our communities. Packages are tiered according to the level of fundraising per participant, which is on top of your registration fee.

  • Registration fee plus $50 – $99: A Beau’s stein

  • Registration fee plus $100-$174: All of the above plus a Beau’s snapback

  • Registration fee plus $175-$299: All of the above plus 4 cans of Beau’s Beer

  • Registration fee plus $300-$499: All of the above plus 1 Beau’s sweatshirt

  • Registration fee plus $500+: All of the above plus free Registration to Beau’s 2021

  • Top Fundraiser: All of the above plus a Beau’s Keg Party at your home (equivalent quantity in cans)!

  • Top Team Fundraiser: All of the above plus a Beau’s Keg Party with your team (equivalent quantity in cans)!

Join our Facebook Page to learn about upcoming prize opportunities and updates.

Questions? Please contact Chelsea McLellan at 613-683-3796 or by email at cmclellan@unitedwayeo.ca

How to get involved:

  1. Click the “register now” button.
  2. Create and customize your own personal funding page, or create a team page and recruit members.
  3. Ask for support from your personal, professional and social networks – it’s as easy as a quick e-mail or Facebook post, sharing your fundraising page!
  4. Bike, have fun, and celebrate that you have made a difference in your community!

Need some help reaching your goal? Check out our fundraising tips.

JOIN MY TEAM E-MAIL

Subject: Join me in the Beau’s Virtual Ride to help end youth homelessness

 

Join our team for the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride! Gear up for a fantastic experience while helping youth in our communities move off the streets for good.

All funds raised will support United Way’s advocacy, collaboration and investments that provide local youth experiencing homelessness with the education, personal, and employment supports they need to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home.

Though a physical festival will not be happening this year, we can still create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life (and win awesome Beau’s prizes)! Our support is more important now than ever before, since the challenges facing youth are so much greater due to the effects of COVID-19.

I hope you’ll join [TEAM NAME] today and help make a difference. Join now!

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FUNDRAISING E-MAIL

Subject: Help me as I cycle to help end youth homelessness

This year, I’m participating in the Beau’s Oktoberfest Virtual Ride that will help move our city’s homeless youth off the streets for good.

My goal is to raise $XX and I’d love your support to help me get there.

Did you know that the mortality rate for a homeless youth is 40 times that of a young person living at home? Your donation will help fund programs and initiatives that provide local youth experiencing homelessness with the education, personal, and employment supports they need to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. By supporting United Way, we’re able to get at the root of the issue and create long-term solutions that end youth homelessness for good.

This not only shuts the door to chronic adult homelessness—it saves lives.

With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life. To find out more, visit unitedwayeo.ca/youth-homelessness.

I hope you can support me today and help make a difference.

Make a donation

You can help end youth homelessness.

In Ottawa, approximately 1,200 youth experience some form of homelessness each year. The donations you raise will help provide our region’s youth with education, personal, and employment supports to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.

It’s exciting to think about the size of your social network and what change you can make possible by inspiring them to care about the cause that is so important to you. Therefore, we have some tips for you to ensure that no stone is left unturned!

  • Make a donation yourself: Make a gift of $20 to get things started. Now you only need to ask 5 more people to help you reach your goal.
  • Family: Brother, Sister, Mom or Dad. Ask at least one of them for a $30. You never know, they might donate more!
  • Friends: What are friends for? Well, in this case, they can give you $20 to help your goal.
  • Co-Workers: Ask one co-worker to help support your goal by donating $10.
  • Neighbours: Ask two of your neighbours for a $10 donation each.

In addition to simply asking for a gift, there are all sorts of fun ways you can raise money as a team or individually. Physical distancing may make things like bake sales or garage sales a bit more challenging, but now’s the time to get creative!

Take advantage of our social media images and post suggestions to make virtual fundraising your best friend.

To help you along your way, here are some social media posts to get you started. Just copy and paste!

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Support me as I participate in this year’s @beausallnatural Virtual Ride. Funds raised will help end youth homelessness in our region. Donate Now

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Support my @beausallnatural Virtual Ride to help give local youth experiencing homelessness a chance at a more stable life. Give Now: .

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COVID-19 has meant the challenges facing local homeless youth are amplified. Support my @beausallnatural Virtual Ride—our community’s most vulnerable needs our help now, more than ever!

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Images (right-click to save):

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get involved in making a difference for those who need it most?

We are looking for volunteers (19+ years) to support the event on Saturday, September 21 from 7:30am until 3:30pm and Sunday, September 22 from 9am until 11am. Volunteers will be supporting participant registration, loading rider bags, organizing riders for departures, snack and water duty, bike loading and checking in with participants to make sure they’re enjoying their experience.

On Saturday, September 21, volunteer shifts will run during the hours of 7:30am to 3:30pm and includes a ride to Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill. A complimentary Beau’s shuttle bus to 300 Coventry Rd and Downtown Ottawa (Corner of Rideau/Cumberland) leaves every 15 minutes until 9pm from Oktoberfest on Saturday.

All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, snacks and food, and a complimentary ticket to attend Beau’s Oktoberfest!

Volunteers interested in volunteering with a friend or as a team are welcome! For further information, please contact Stephanie at stephaniesmith@unitedwayeo.ca

Get involved and make a difference in your community!

Frequently Asked Questions

When you register, you will choose your start location. That can be Ottawa, Bourget, Cornwall or Montreal. You will also be provided with a link to your personal fundraising page that you can share with your family, friends and networks.

We encourage participants to fundraise—the more that you raise, the more prizes  that you can win!

The day of the event, at your start location, you will receive your ride jersey and we will load your personal bag in a truck to meet you at the finish line. Links to each route are available below and we will share this information with you again closer to the ride. We also have Ride Captains to help guide and support you along the way, equipped with bike repair tools should you need them.

At the finish line, we’ll give you some food and safely load your bike to meet you back at Kunstadt Sports in the Glebe the next day. You can use the Community Centre’s facilities to change and shower, and get ready to enjoy the festival!

Raising funds is not mandatory to participate in the event, but by raising just $25 you can get food and drink tokens to enjoy at the festival. The more that you raise the more prizes that you can win! You have until September 18 to raise as much as you can to support youth homelessness.

All donations will support United Way’s vital work to provide Ottawa youth with education, personal, and employment supports to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. With your help, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.

Yes, everyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt.

Note: The registration fee is not tax receiptable, as per Canada Revenue Agency rules.

The registration fee includes the standard entry rate into Beau’s Oktoberfest. On top of that, it also includes a custom Beau’s Bike Ride jersey, food and transportation back home to Ottawa or Cornwall for you and your bike.

When you arrive at your start location, you will receive your Beau’s jersey. At the end of your ride, you will be greeted by volunteers and given all of the prizes that you had won.

You can find the jersey sizing chart here.

You can find the bike routes below by start location. Easy to download and use on your devices:

We have a designated bus for riders that will be returning to Bourget and Kunstadt Sports on Saturday.

  • 7:00pm bus departure from the Vankleek Hill Community Centre

If you want to enjoy the festival for longer, you can hop on any of these shuttles:

Buses leave from Vankleek Hill fairgrounds towards Ottawa between:

  • 6pm-9pm on Saturday
  • There will be two dropoff locations, 300 Coventry Rd and Downtown Ottawa (Corner of Rideau/Cumberland).

Buses leave from Vankleek Hill fairgrounds towards Montreal between:

  • 7pm-9pm on Saturday
  • Dropoff location is at Palais des Congrès (201 avenue Viger Ouest, between Côté Street and Chenneville Street in the Palais des Congrès – Hall Viger)

Buses leave from Vankleek Hill fairgrounds towards Cornwall at:

  • 9pm on Saturday
  • Dropoff location is at Schnitzels (158 Pitt St).

For more info about shuttel service, please visit http://www.beausoktoberfest.ca/faq#buses

All bikes that started in Ottawa and Bourget will be returned on Sunday, September 22 to Kunstadt Sports (680 Bank Street) at 11:00 AM.

All bikes that started in Cornwall will be returned on Sunday, September 22 to the Stomping Grounds Bistro & Café at 10:00 AM

Rider safety is of the utmost importance to us. Our team of organizers will carefully consider the weather conditions and risk when deciding whether to cancel the ride.

Should the ride be cancelled, notice will be shared via e-mail to individual participants and posted on social media through the following pages: Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride , United Way Ottawa, Kunstadt Sports , Bike Centric  and Cycles Campus.

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