Rails to Trails Biking - St Margarat's Bay, NS

Soldier On will be Soldier On will be collaborating with Train Station Bike and Bean for a introduction bike session on St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails-to-Trails. You do NOT need your own bike or helmet as we will be renting them for you, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. Rides will be conducted in two group to accommodate all new rider levels aiming to get 20 km under the belt with beautiful pit stops worked in along the way.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
The objective of this is to give participants the opportunity to learn more about biking and build confidence to bike to trails.

Once we have you set to go on a bike with your proper height settings and we have walked through the basics we will head out on the trails. Riding in two group to accommodate all new rider levels aiming to get work up to 20km cycle. We will do 10km out and follow the same path back.
This will set you up for future rides as this trail is a multi-use 32km pathway that runs between Hubley and Hubbards, and also connects to the Rum Runners trail and is a 110 km easy, flat ride on a former trail bed. The trail runs all the way from Lunenburg to Halifax through Hubbards, Chester, Oak Island and Mahone Bay.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Train Station Bike and Bean https://bikeandbean.ca/bike-shop

14 July 2023 
0945 – Arrive and meet Regional Coordinator in the parking area by bike and bean.
1000 – Equipment sizing and rental and bike overview
1030 – Head out for 10km and back 10km
1300 - Depart

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 10.
No claims for travel or accommodations are approved for this event.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from within two hours from the event location who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Serving Members:
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements: 
Applicants must be able to tolerate 1-3 hours of light/moderate paced activity for the day. Due to the busy activity schedule, applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day.
Applicants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment. Applicants are advised that they may be exposed to a military environment. Applicants also acknowledge that there will be no alcohol allowed during the event.

Deadline for Nomination Forms

Must be received by Soldier On NLT 16 June 2023
Click on the Application Forms link to express your interest

In order to be considered for selection, all serving members must also complete and submit a chain of command authorization form by the application deadline. 
Authorization Form

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.

Confirmation Details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.
A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

Rails to Trails Biking Introduction is an event which will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves. 

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