An organizer of an East Kootenay cycling event has been recognized by Canada’s Senate.
Glenn Dobie flew to Ottawa last week to receive the Commemorative 150 medal that celebrates community volunteers.
He was honoured for his efforts behind the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo during the past five years.
Dobie says this helps cement their position as a go-to event across Canada.
“I think in the last four to five years, we’ve certainly built name recognition and brand,” Dobie says. “Even beyond the East Kootenay, we’ve been featured in Canadian Cycling magazine, North American Gran Fondo electronic publications and then this recent recognition with Senator Nancy Greene-Raine recognizing the benefits of having an event like this which promotes an active lifestyle.”
Dobie says the Fondo has grown to attract around five hundred participants from around the world to the East Kootenay.
“We’ve had people attracted to come from across Canada. We’ve had people from England, people from Switzerland,” Dobie says. “The name brand recognition supports continued strength and growth to support our goals.”
This year’s race was postponed to September 2018 due to wildfire conditions in the region.
(Photo provided by Glenn Dobie)
– Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo Co-Chair, Glenn Dobie