Cyclists taking part in the inaugural Nova Scotia Boomer’s Legacy Century Ride in September 2011 leave Acadia University’s Raymond Field in Wolfville for the second leg of their 180-km journey from Greenwood to Halifax. - File

Ride Honours Memory of Fallen Soldiers, Raises Funds for Humanitarian Efforts

By Kirk Starratt -


Cyclists taking part in the inaugural Nova Scotia Boomer’s Legacy Century Ride in September 2011 leave Acadia University’s Raymond Field in Wolfville for the second leg of their 180-km journey from Greenwood to Halifax. - File

Cyclists taking part in the inaugural Nova Scotia Boomer’s Legacy Century Ride in September 2011 leave Acadia University’s Raymond Field in Wolfville for the second leg of their 180-km journey from Greenwood to Halifax. – File

It’s a chance to help soldiers help others while honouring the memory of those lost on deployment. Boomer’s Legacy is holding its annual Nova Scotia Boomer’s Ride, a 181-kilometre fundraising ride from Greenwood to the top of Citadel Hill in Halifax on Sept. 14.

Departing from Canadian Forces Base Greenwood at 8 a.m., the challenging one-day ride winds through beautiful Valley communities and farmland before crossing to the south shore and finishing with a tough climb up to the top of Citadel Hill.

Boomer’s Legacy Foundation is a 100 per cent Canadian charitable organization created in 2006. The catalyst for its beginning was the death of Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, son of Maureen Eykelenboom, who was killed in action, in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan in August, 2006.

“Helping our soldiers help others, in the footsteps of fallen soldier Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, empowers our military members and honours our soldiers that have lost their lives on deployment,” said Boomer’s Legacy public relations spokesperson Sarah Wuntke.

Participating in or sponsoring a cyclist in the Boomer’s Legacy Ride provides important and life-changing humanitarian relief efforts worldwide, with 100 per cent of funds going directly to those in need. Wuntke said your dollars also bring awareness and support to Canadian Forces personnel wherever they are deployed, enabling them to provide direct humanitarian assistance when they see a need.

In participating in this event, cyclists will experience an emotional journey of awareness, remembrance and hope.  The goal this year is to raise over $10,000 collectively through the Nova Scotia Ride. Cyclists will commemorate the sacrifice of Canadian Forces fallen soldiers with photos and biographies of soldiers on their bicycles.

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at CFB Greenwood at 7:45 a.m.  A welcoming ceremony at the end of the Ride in Halifax will be held at the top of Citadel Hill at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Spectators and well-wishers are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists along the course and members of the public are invited to attend the send-off and arrival ceremonies.

Since 2006, over $890,000 has been raised for Boomer’s Trust Fund. The funds raised have had a significant humanitarian impact.  Some of the projects to-date include the provision of medical care, life-saving surgeries for children, clothing and shoes for orphaned children, funding of a midwife program, purchasing school supplies, and supporting a Women and Children’s Center.

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Boomer’s Legacy – The Experience

A simple journey by one, caught by another.

Boomer’s Legacy inaugural Gala event and first fundraiser was held September 2007, Todd McGowan (a former CO of Andrew’s), chose to ride his bike from Victoria to Courtenay and convinced his friends to donate to the cause. In the audience Deb Koster was sitting with her Mom, Pamela Jolin, and when Todd presented his funds to Maureen and General Hillier she had a thought. Deb declared that she would get a group of friends and they would ride from Campbell River the following year and raise funds. That is how Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride began, a simple journey by one, caught by another. The video below illustrates the fun, camaraderie and experiences of the people involved in this great cause.

Boomer’s Legacy thanks Zac Whyte for his work in producing this video. Check out some more of Zac’s awesome work at

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Boomer’s Ride to Join the 2013 Army Run, To Raise Awareness and Bring Attention to the Valuable Work of Our Canadian Forces Members

Boomer’s Legacy PR – Toronto, ON (French translation follows below.)


In addition to the hugely successful annual Boomer’s Rides, Boomer’s Legacy is pleased to announce the addition of a new event, the Boomer’s Ride as part of the Ottawa Army Run.

 The Army Run, a sold-out event for over 22,000 participants, will include a shortened Boomer’s Bike Ride this year for the first time, on Sunday September 22nd 2013 in Ottawa, ON.  A maximum of 50 cyclists wearing the signature Boomer’s Ride jersey will depart the starting line of the Army Run in advance of the many thousands of runners and will cycle 21 kilometers, raising awareness of Boomer’s Legacy and honouring our fallen soldiers.

The Army Run is a perfect partnership for Boomer’s Legacy, as the Run serves to recognize and support the valuable work of our Canadian Armed Forces members, Air Force, Army and Navy, and creates an opportunity for the public to experience the military esprit de corps and camaraderie.  Most importantly, it provides a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to recognize and thank Canadian Armed Forces members for their contributions both at home and abroad.

Boomer’s Legacy is an organization committed to raising funds to “help our soldiers help others” provide humanitarian aid, both in Canada and across the world.  Additionally, Boomer’s Legacy honours all of our fallen soldiers, with photos of the fallen adorning the cyclists’ bikes, and raises awareness of the excellent work done by our military members.

Registration is now open on our website, on a first-come, first-served basis, for the 2013 Boomer’s Ride as part of the Army Run.  Registration fee is $50, which includes a Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride jersey.

For information about the Army Run, please visit


Boomer’s Legacy a le plaisir d’annoncer qu’en plus des randonnées annuelles Boomer’s Ride, qui sont toujours un succès retentissant, une autre randonnée se déroulera dans le cadre de la Course de l’Armée à Ottawa. En effet, pour la première fois, le 22 septembre 2013, à Ottawa (Ontario), la Course de l’Armée, qui attire toujours plus de 22 000 participants, comprendra une version écourtée de la randonnée Boomer’s Ride. Un maximum de 50 cyclistes, portant le dossard traditionnel de la Boomer’s Ride, partiront de la ligne de départ de la Course de l’Armée devant les milliers de coureurs et pédaleront pendant 21 kilomètres pour accroître la sensibilisation à Boomer’s Legacy et rendre hommage à nos militaires défunts.

La Course de l’Armée représente un partenariat parfait pour Boomer’s Legacy, car elle sert à souligner et à soutenir le précieux travail de nos membres des Forces armées canadiennes, qu’il s’agisse de membres de l’Aviation, de l’Armée ou de la Marine, et permet au public de faire l’expérience de l’esprit de corps et de la camaraderie qui règnent. Le point le plus important est qu’elle présente une occasion en or pour la population canadienne de reconnaître les contributions des membres des Forces armées canadiennes au pays et à l’étranger et de les remercier. Boomer’s Legacy est une organisation engagée à recueillir des fonds pour aider nos militaires à aider les autres et à fournir de l’aide humanitaire, tant au Canada qu’ailleurs dans le monde. De plus, Boomer’s Legacy rend hommage à tous nos militaires décédés en installant des photos de ceux-ci aux vélos des cyclistes, en plus d’accroître la sensibilisation à l’excellent travail accompli par nos membres militaires.

Il est maintenant possible de s’inscrire à cette activité sur notre site Web (premier arrivé, premier servi). L’inscription coûte 50 $, ce qui comprend un dossard de la Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride.

Pour en savoir davantage sur Boomer’s Legacy, consultez le document d’information ci-dessous et notre site Web à l’adresse (en anglais seulement). Pour de plus amples renseignements sur la Course de l’Armée, consultez le site


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