If you see an influx of motorcycles rolling through town this summer, it's all for a good cause. 

The annual Ride for Dad event will look a little different this year with the creation of Ride Alone Together.

The ride will see hundreds of motorcyclists ride a specific route at different times while raising funds to fight prostate cancer. 

Motorcyclists can sign up, register and ride the route that includes three stops in Cochrane. 

Micheline Maes is on the board and says it's a great event that supports a great cause. 

"To raise money for prostate cancer research. This has been very successful for a number of years and it's a national event."

The event will look a bit different this year because of the global pandemic. 

"This year obviously because of the COVID regulations they were unable to do that so they came up with the Ride Alone Together format which allows riders to sign up and get pledges in place and do the ride and they're supposed to stop at certain locations and come up with some creative ways of taking a photograph showcasing the venue."

Registration is already open. 

Maes says "They can sign up anytime. The Ride Alone for Dad runs from July 11 to August 15 so they can sign up anytime and they can do it by themselves or with a small group."

The route includes a scenic drive around southern Alberta and a few stops in our town. 

She says "It starts at the Big Sky BBQ Pit in Okotoks then drives into Turner Valley, Millarville, Priddis, quite a scenic route, through Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows and then basically straight north on the 22 to Cochrane where there's actually quite a few stops. We have three stops in Cochrane where as everywhere else, there's actually very little."

The three stops in Cochrane are at Mucho Burrito, Mehtab East Indian Cuisine and Tony's Work and Western Wear. 

"Then it takes the 1A back to Calgary and then they go onto Stoney Trail, on to Balzac and Ralph's Motorsports, north of Balzac."

The annual group event has been postponed until September 19, 2020 because of social-distancing measures.

If you register for the Ride Alone Together event and raise at least $100 in pledges you will also be registered for the September group event and can choose whether or not you'd like to participate.

Organizers are asking participants to maintain safe distancing when stopped, avoid already crowded areas, respect local restrictions and bylaws, wear a mask when appropriate, wash your hands and have fun!

Over the past 12 years the Telus Ride for Dad event has raised $1,500,000 for the fight against prostate cancer. 

For more information or to register you can go here.

Ride for Dad map