Tucson, AZ — November 22, thousands will flock to downtown for the running of El Tour de Tucson. The race attracts over 9,000 cyclists from novices to professional athletes. The first race starts at 7:00 AM. The races span distances from ¼ mile to 111 miles. The 42-mile route is basically flat and great for the first-times. The longer routes include dry but sandy river crossings. All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks.
Founded in 1983 the goal was to make this bicycling event the nation’s largest for charity-fundraising while educating the community of the benefits of cycling. With a start of 198 riders the first year which raised over $5000 for the Amrican Diabetes Association the race has grown much. In 2010 over $1,600,000 was raised. Tu Nidito Children & Family Services, the American Parkinson Disease Association, Water For People, Ben’s Bells Project, Big Brother Big Sisters of America, Diamond Children’s Medical Center, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are some of the organizations which have benefited from El Tour de Tucson.
The finish is located at Armory Park, 6th Avenue at 13th Street. Immediately following the race is a fiesta!
This year Gabrielle Giffords, former U.S. Representative is scheduled to ride in the event.