Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall
We've got to fight this: 27 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer every week. Together we can fund important research and a cure!
I've Ridden 175.6 km My goal is 200 km
My Rankings
  • National: 232nd
  • Province: 37th in BC
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $2,213.84 My goal is $2,300 Donate Now

My Story

14 Apr 2019

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

But right now, over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year - it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada.

So this June, Wells and I are joining the Nakusp team and taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money to fight kids' cancer!

We want to help kids by supporting the SickKids Foundation through the Great Cycle Challenge - the funds we raise will allow SickKids to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Please help fund the cure for childhood cancer by sponsoring either Wells or myself in the Great Cycle Challenge taking place for the entire month of June (we all know that a little encouragement goes a long way!). Make a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve!

Your support can change a lot of little lives. :-)

Thank you.

My Challenge

  • 2.0 km ride - Missed kms this week (duh Karen!) - June 26, 2019
    Logged this ride 13 hours ago
  • 19.4 km ride - Another neighbourhood ride! - Wednesday, June 26, 2019
    Logged this ride 15 hours ago
  • 7.0 km ride - Winnie lives here, but didn’t see her today - Monday, June 24, 2019
    Logged this ride 3 days ago
  • We are home!
    23 Jun 2019

    Back in the mountains - yippee!

    Just 7 days left to meet our challenge riding goals - we have a bit of lost time to make up. Can we do it? Stay tuned for updates!

    We are home!
    Posted 3 days ago
  • 12.4 km ride - A wee jaunt between showers! - Sunday, June 23, 2019
    Logged this ride 4 days ago
  • 17.6 km ride - The home stretch - Saturday, June 22, 2019
    Logged this ride 5 days ago
  • Bird’s Hill Park - where’s the hill?
    17 Jun 2019

    June 12 - 15

    Our rides in and from Bird’s Hill Provincial Park have been productive and disaster-less! But the ticks have found us again. Every day we find one or two somewhere in our trailer or on Bally. Now to well-adjusted, normal, bug-tolerant adults that might be nothing, but I cannot claim to be one of them. Wells takes each discovery much better than I and he is getting quite adept at spotting and disposing of them. I guess all the practice he has with stinkbugs (aka Kootenay roaches) in Nakusp is paying off!

    Now, about the biking

    We’ve tried out a few road-rides to see the park. They have a lovely drive around the perimeter of the park with nice wide shoulders for biking. Although the riding might be pretty straightforward, the wind has continued to put up some fierce resistance, each and every day. Add a few raindrops to the wind and Wells can tell you that his Tuesday road-ride was quite a challenge! I took a shorter, more scenic ride on Tuesday and missed the rain. Wells saw a lot of traffic; I saw the beach and ducks and geese and goslings.

    On Wednesday we biked over to the Oak Ridge mountain bike trails that are in the park and used for competitions quite regularly. No mountains here of course and not really any hills either, but they are nice winding, flowy trails in the trees, so you get a few rocks and roots to keep you on your toes (or on your butt as the case might be - guess who?)! Nevertheless, on this ride I biked my first black (advanced) trails. Now don’t get too excited; these black trails were fun and I managed to ride them, but they are not BC black trails - remember, no mountains here. In most other mountain bike regions, I’d be hesitant about even walking on a black trail, let alone riding a bike on one!

    We took a couple of days off to move campsites and do a bunch of housekeeping chores. On Saturday Wells was back on the park highway to knock a few kilometres off his riding goal. I am taking another day or two off to rest up (and give Wells a chance to catch up 🙃).

    In total, we’ve ridden 310km, with Wells accounting for 193km of them. That leaves us with a combined goal of 290km to ride in the next two weeks. The countdown is on!

    Maybe if I imagine I’m being chased by a stinkbug or a tick, I will bike faster, harder?

    Bird’s Hill Park - where’s the hill?
    Posted 10 days ago
  • 12.3 km ride - Oak Ridge Trails - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Logged this ride 15 days ago
  • 12.2 km ride - LakeviewTrail - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    Logged this ride 16 days ago
  • 17.9 km ride - Park tour - Monday, June 10, 2019
    Logged this ride 17 days ago
  • Manitoba tic-attack, and perogies?
    9 Jun 2019

    June 9

    I admit it, I am a bit bothered by bugs 😝😳 or crawly things. Especially ones that aren’t your garden-variety northern bug 🦟. New-to-me bugs creep me out. Like ticks. I hadn't seen a tick, ever, until Wells found 1, then 2, on him and then 2 more on Bally at the first park we stayed at in Manitoba. No further encouragement needed; we packed up and moved a couple hundred kilometres away!

    We’ve settled down in Bird’s Hill Provincial Park for a few days and maybe we’ll find ticks here, maybe we won’t? But what we have found for sure is some options for bike riding! Time to get serious and put a few kms under our belts and on the scoreboard.

    Wells happened to notice that there was a farmer’s market in Lockport on Sundays, and I happened to notice that there was a green trail from the park to Lockport! Maybe we could find some fresh strawberries? Wells knows I love a market so he humoured me and agreed to ride to the FM on Sunday morning.

    Now the trail/road through the park was nice enough and we joined a paved connector trail that took us through the park a bit more and then over 4 lanes of traffic on highway 59 via a big pedestrian/bike overpass. Then we were on to gravel and the green trail called Duff Roblin Parkway. This parkway is a gravel maintenance/recreational trail that follows the Red River spillway. Truthfully, it was a bit of a bore to ride; mostly flat, not scenic, prairie headwind all the way with a raindrop here and there. But, it leads to a FM!

    And the town of Lockport? Who knew there is an actual lock there? The Red River was packed with boats and fishermen and pelicans galore; there were more hot dogs and french fries and Sunday drivers than I’ve seen in a very long time! (I guess it is a destination for Winnipeg’ers on a sunny day?) And of course, the farmer’s market!

    It was a nice little market in the parking lot of Skinners famous hot dog restaurant 😲. Alas, no fresh strawberries but homemade perogies and a loaf of bread made it a trip worthwhile!

    By the time we headed back to the park, the hoped-for tailwind had turned and was now a crosswind, but at least we weren’t biking straight into it. We passed a couple of walkers and dogs, but for the most part we had the trail to ourselves, and the sun had come out. The park had emptied out of weekend campers so it was quiet. Nice to come ‘home’ to.

    Our kilometres for today were the same - no mishaps! 34km each means we can tick (no pun intended) off another 68km from our challenge total leaving us with 388 to go!

    And, I am happy to say we haven’t seen a crawly tick in this park ... yet!

    Manitoba tic-attack, and perogies?
    Posted 17 days ago
  • 34.3 km ride - Manitoba tic-attack and perogies? - Sunday, June 9, 2019
    Logged this ride 18 days ago
  • Buffalo Pound Chainbreak!
    7 Jun 2019

    June 4th ride:

    A beautiful day in Saskatchewan at the Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. Wells outdid me again in chocking up the kilometres - I did mention didn’t I, that he is a fitter, much more avid and fearless mountain biker than I am? That’s why he signed up for a 400km challenge and I took on only 200km. I like biking, but as in most things athletic, I tend to lean toward lazy!😲

    Anyhow, we set off from our campsite towards the trailhead. Now proper research and planning would have told us we should drive to the trailhead, but we are trying to go-with-the-flow on this trip, so off we went and 9+km, some good uphill climbs, bushwhacking, and a couple of detours later, we finally got to the trailhead! By this time I’ve decided to conserve some energy for the ride back to our campsite so I’m going to just toodle around an easy green loop while Wells does a couple of fun/challenging trails and then we’ll ride back to our campsite together. I started off and hadn’t toodled more than 10 metres when my chain snapped. Xx!?!&XX! No spare chain with us and nothing to patch it up with, so Wells decided he would bike back to our campsite instead of doing the fun trail, and come back and pick me up with the truck. He saves me again.🤗

    If it weren’t for the ‘challenge’ part of this bike-riding trip, I might have been content to sit and wait for Wells to pick me up, but I do like to walk (and there was no ice cream in the vicinity so why hang around?), so I pushed my bike up the road (big hill) for about 3km and then hopped on my chainless bike for a fast downhill (other side of the big hill)! As luck would have it, at the bottom of my chainless descent, and before the next uphill, Wells 💕 met me with the truck! 🥰

    At the end of the day, Wells added 19+km to his Ride to Fight Kids’ Cancer and I added 13-/+km to my total. That brings us to 507km to go!

    Buffalo Pound Chainbreak!
    Posted 20 days ago
  • A townie ride comes with ice cream!
    7 Jun 2019

    June 2nd ride:

    Well, Sunday was another beautiful day in the Cypress Hills, and Wells and I took advantage of it to get out pedalling again. Wells headed straight uphill and I chose an easier path, sticking closer to town with far less vertical.

    Oh, and did I mention ice cream? While Wells was sweating it out on an uphill climb, I was enjoying an ice-cold maple walnut cone beside the beach! While he was dodging rocks and hanging off the edge of the trail on a fast downhill, I was meandering along a shoreline trail, dodging the odd tourist or schnauzer.

    We met up for the climb back up to our campsite where Bally was looking after things in our absence. Wells put in a solid 19km mountain bike ride and I did a 15km ice cream ramble. This brings our goal a bit closer, leaving us with only 540km to go! Monday the 3rd was a rest day.

    A townie ride comes with ice cream!
    Posted 20 days ago
  • Updates coming soon!
    6 Jun 2019

    We’ve been camping with no wifi! Updates to come.

    Posted 20 days ago
  • 13.5 km ride - Buffalo Pound Chainbreak! - June 4, 2019

    From Trails end campground to Maintenance yard

    Logged this ride 22 days ago
  • 15.0 km ride - A townie ride comes with ice cream! - June 2, 2019

    From Firerock to Horse Canyon to Shoreline to Sunset to Sunset to Soggy Bottom to Shoreline to Firerock

    Logged this ride 24 days ago
  • Day 1 and we r having fun!
    1 Jun 2019

    We kicked off this challenge with a mountain bike ride in the Cypress Hills! Wells clocked in a 15km ride and I did an 11 km ride. Wells breezed through his ride, but I found it a bit challenging in parts; one crash 🙄, but Wells picked me up and we carried on!

    My hope for all those little ones who are battling cancer is that their challenges get smaller and that they always have someone to pick them up when they stumble! I know how important families and medical staff can be and I hope that some of the money we raise in this challenge goes to helping support programs!

    Thank you to all of our supporters for your generous donations - rest assured that your donations are used well and appreciated!

    Our total challenge this month: 600km; today we knocked off 26, so only 574 to go!

    Day 1 and we r having fun!
    Posted 25 days ago
  • 11.9 km ride - I am knackered! - June 1, 2019

    From Firerock to Old Baldy to Ranger to Sunset to Shoreline, to Firerock!

    Logged this ride 26 days ago
  • Practice in progress!
    30 Apr 2019

    A week of spring biking has toughened up a few of our biking muscles and we are anxious to get out on more trails in the next few weeks!

    Have you read the stories of the kids featured on the Great Cycle Challenge website? Talk about tough: kids fighting cancer are the epitome of tough. How I wish they didn’t have to be, or better still, I’d like them to be able to use their strength and resilience on a hike, or a bike ride, or for whatever their interests are.

    Kicking cancer in the pituskie, giving kids support and better futures is what this challenge is all about. Thanks for joining the fight - your support is making a difference. Let’s keep it up.

    Posted 58 days ago
  • Thanks - I am training 😉
    19 Apr 2019

    Big thanks to everyone who has donated already - Wells (and of course Bally, our faithful Golden companion) and I are overwhelmed by your generosity! We hope to get out on our bikes in the next few days - some practice runs at least! Feel free to ‘share’ this page if you have friends who might be interested in supporting this challenge by joining our team, or donating! Even if u don’t live in Nakusp, you can join our team - join from wherever you live and ride anywhere you happen to be in June - you are welcome!

    Thanks - I am training 😉
    Posted 68 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 71 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 73 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 74 days ago
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