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New Route, Renewed Excitement for the 2018 El Tour Welcome to the 36th El Tour de Tucson! We’re so looking forward to it as always and as we see the registrations coming in we know so many of you riders are too. For most of the last few months we’ve been more than 30 percent over last year’s registration, and for a couple of months were

more than 40 percent up. It shows lots of people are looking forward to this year’s rides. Who is to blame them, given the new route and new distances? Lots of individuals have expressed interest because this year we won’t be using the Santa Cruz River Crossing. For the first time in its history, El Tour is headed way east and into Vail. “While some have said they’ll miss the tradition of the lower Santa Cruz crossing, others are happy about it,” said Barbara Franklin, registration director for El Tour. “But the biggest news is the new portion of the route along Mary Ann Cleveland/Colossal Cave and Pistol Hill. The scenery is fantastic, the roads are in good condition and the Pistol Hill climb will be a great challenge. “It’s fun to see the Facebook posts of cyclists who are training on that new portion of the route. With the shorter route we’re looking at a sub-four-hour finish.” If the increased registration holds, El Tour should have more than 8,000 cyclists in the various rides of: 100-miles, 75-miles, 50 miles and 25 miles. That doesn’t include the Fun Ride distances of 10-miles and fewer. We’re thinking the excitement for the ride will continue all the way

through the event. El Tour recently announced former Olympian medalist Nelson Vails is the Dedication Recipient for 2018. He will ride in the 100-mile ride just as he has in past years. He’s been a staple at El Tour for the past six years. He recently went through health issues – high blood pressure and being overweig ht. He has lost 12 pounds and is living a better life these days. He’s now encourag ing people to get their blood pressure checked. “I went on Twitter and did Facebook live,” he told the Arizona Daily Star. “If I can save a life … for so many, this is our secret world that people don’t share. If I have it, you have it. Don’t ignore the symptoms.” Vails’ message fits perfectly with this year’s theme: “Changing Lives One Mile at a Time.” It is our goal to keep everyone healthy and happy and we try to achieve it through cycling. We know those who cycle consistently are healthy throughout the year. They are aware of what they eat and how much exercise they get.

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Nelson Vails at El Tour 2018 We believe that is true. Those in Tucson are well aware of it, given the popularity of the activity in the city. Tucson is ranked in the top 5 among the best places to cycle. One of the reasons is El Tour de Tucson. Tucson is a cycling-friendly city given the Chuck Huckelberry Loop. In fact, some of our Fun Ride events will be held on the Loop this year. It’ll be fun and safe for everyone – given the growing popularity of the Fun Ride. Come join us on Nov. 17. We expect to possibly have one of the biggest years we’ve ever had on El Tour Ride Day. Ed Tunstall Photo


2018 El Tour Beneficiaries Primary Beneficiary: Easterseals Blake Foundation ADHD America ALS Association AZ Chapter Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter Arts-Express Athletes vs Epilepsy Arizona’s Children Association Arizona Justice Project AZ Multi Housing Charitable Foundation Beads of Courage BICAS Big Brothers Big Sisters Boys & Girls Clubs Cakes for Causes Cascade Foundation Children’s Clinics El Grupo Free Ever After Friends of Aphasia Friends of Pima Animal Care Center INTO Africa Keeping Teachers Teaching Look Save A Life Mobile Meals of So. AZ Pima County Juvenile Court Rotary District 5500 Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports Southern Arizona Gender Alliance Southern Arizona Mountain Bicyclists Southwest Medical Aid St. Elizabeth’s Health Center Team Semper Fi Cycling Program The Haven Tu Nidito UA Adaptive Athletics Uphill Into The Wind Water for People World Care Other Perimeter Charities AZ1-DMAT Armory Park Senior Meal Program Bike N Box Children’s Museum Tucson Cyclovia Tucson Fire Department Fred G. Acosta Job Corp. Safford K8 Middle School Read Their Stories on Page 10-11


2018 El Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Perimeter Schedule of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 At A Glance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Pima County/El Tour Loop the Loop. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Marana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Aid Stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Road Closures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Dedicate-A-Mile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Beneficiaries 2018. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Coloring Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Indoor El Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Schedule of Events




Sat, Sept 15

El Tour Season Kick Off Pima County El Tour 3rd Loop the Loop! a FREE fun and easy activity on the Chuck Huckelberry Loop - a scenic multi-use path

Wed, Nov 1

El Tour Coloring Contest Kids Riding for Those Who Can't Indoor El Tour begins! Ride for minutes not miles GABA's El Tour de Bike Swap! El Tour Dedication Dinner El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo/Packet Pickup Safety & Security Meetings (Orientation Meetings) Platinum Meetings El Tour Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo/Packet Pickup Safety & Security Meetings (Orientation Meetings) Platinum Meeting El Tour Celebrity News Conference Bike Patrol Certification Platinum Meeting

Sat, Nov 10 Sun, Nov 11 Wed, Nov 14 Thu, Nov 15 10:00am - 9:00pm

Fri, Nov 16

10:00am - 8:00pm Noon and 6:00pm 10:00am - 9:00pm 10:00am - 8:00pm Noon 3:00pm 5:30pm 6:00pm

HSL PropertiesEl Tour Downtown Fiesta & El Tour Day Finish line, Fun & Festivities for cyclists, spectators and the entire community!

November 17 - Saturday 7:00am

102-mile El Tour Start: Armory Park, Downtown Tucson

7:00am - Noon

El Tour Ride Day Radio Show on ESPN Tucson 1490AM/104.9FM

7:00am - 4:00pm

Indoor El Tour at the finish line


El Tour Fun Ride Start: 11, 6 and 1 miles

To Register for El Tour de Tucson & to support LOOK! Save a Life:

Armory Park, Downtown Tucson 8:30am

75-mile El Tour Start: Craycroft Rd at Golf Links Rd


52-mile El Tour Start: Morris K Udall Park, Tanque Verde at Sabino Canyon


First 102 mile finisher expected


First 75-mile finisher expected


Grand Cycling Awards ceremony


First 52-mile finisher expected


26-mile El Tour Start: Marana Heritage River Park, Marana


Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony


First 26-mile finisher expected


Grand Cycling Awards Ceremony

4:30pm - 5:00pm

El Tour Grande Award


El Tour Closes

MISSION: The Mission of LOOK! Save A Life is to educate and bring awareness to ALL who use our public roadways of the ever-increasing dangers of unsafe and distracted driving. RIDE TO SAVE LIVES: Spread Awareness and Take Advantage of our Fundraising Benefits

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At AA Glance Glance At Travel Services Information on the best way to arrive into Tucson with your equipment: bike shipping and rentals, airport shuttle service, official hosting restaurants, new online booking for official hosting hotels. We will make your trip to Tucson as pleasant as possible.

El Tour Online Information Any and all information you need can be found at The homepage will guide you to whatever you need regarding Indoor El Tour and the 36th El Tour de Tucson. Keep up-to-date with the latest route changes, event news and more on the website. Registration Register online or download an application with information about various programs, including the more than 35 beneficiaries involved in El Tour’s fundraising campaign. Awards El Tour presents specific awards to individuals, groups and families for unique accomplishments. Find descriptions of each award as well as the special award registration form and nomination process. Bike Patrol Bike Patrol supports bike safety for the event. Qualify and register, plus the certification class schedule. New Bike Patrol jerseys are for sale for qualified patrollers. El Tour has about 160 Bike Patrol officials. El Tour Store Check out the official El Tour clothing, accessories and posters. You can preorder now to avoid the rush. You can also purchase merchandise from past events if you missed your chance in a previous event. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) We have answers to frequently asked questions about cycling, tips and important information regarding your bicycle, equipment, food and drink, individual and group riding techniques, rider conduct on the road and more. If you have questions, we have the answers. Indoor El Tour Ride for minutes instead of miles anywhere in the world during El Tour Super Week. Everything you need to know about Indoor El Tour regarding awards, event description, participating agencies, schedule and more.

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Volunteer! El Tour would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference and be part of the fun. Individuals and groups are welcome. Find dates and the description of the shifts and types of help we need prior to the event at El Tour Expo and on ride day. Social Media Find us on Facebook, Instagram or follow us on Twitter (@tourdetucson). The latest event updates are available there. Share your El Tour experience and photos after your ride. “Like” our Facebook pages for El Tour de Tucson and Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. Platinum Designation Platinum designation was created in 1998 for Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc., events with the safety of bicyclists in mind. This allows those more experienced bicyclists to start in front of the 5,000-plus cyclists who ride in the 100-mile El Tour event as well as the longer distances in other Perimeter Bicycling events. Starting the faster riders in the front reduces the chance of crashes that can occur when faster cyclists pass slower, less-experienced riders in a large mass start. Platinum cyclists must meet certain criteria, follow special rules on the event route and must attend El Tour de Tucson Platinum meeting to pick up a Platinum Pass in order to enter in the Platinum starting area on ride day. Platinum members have four meetings to choose from to pick up their pass. Attendance is required to one of them. These cyclists may attend meetings on Nov. 15-16 at noon and 6 p.m.

El Tour Fun Ride The Tucson Medical Center El Tour Fun Ride is a great way to get the whole family involved. It’s for cyclists of all ages and abilities. You can choose from 10-, 4-, 1, and ¼-mile events. They include “goodie” bags, water stations and bike patrol. All riders receive a special medallion and will be recognized in Tail Winds. Routes will start/finish on South 6th Ave. at Armory Park, across from the Tucson Children’s Museum. Visit or call (520) 745-2033 for more information on all these topics and more.

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Pima County County El El Tour Tour Loop Loop the the Loop Loop Pima

What a morning and midday it was for the third annual Pima County El Tour Loop the Loop presented by Rio Nuevo. It was another success – bigger and better than ever. More than 400 cyclists and fans of El Tour de Tucson were on hand at the The Loop the Loop after party, where more than 80 prizes where handed out via raffle. Michael P. & the Gullywashers, once again, were a hit at the party as they played their throwback tunes. Another highlight was the $2,399 KHS bicycle, the party’s grand prize. “Any day on the bike with your friends is a great day,” said Sallye Williams, the organizer of the event. “Tucson is very lucky to have such an amazing attraction and Loop the Loop

is a great excuse to celebrate the Loop and bikes.” The after-party came just 30 minutes after the end of a long morning of cyclists enjoying the Chuck Huckelberry Loop. More than 1,000 cyclists rode on the Loop for a crisp morning that saw the heat turn up as the morning grew. For four hours sponsors, beneficiaries, cyclists and runners took to the Loop to enjoy the day. “The enthusiasm for biking in Tucson is reflected in the number of people who were enjoying the beautiful morning on the Chuck Huckelberry Loop,” said Ema Kammeyer, CEO of Easterseals Blake Foundation. “Our Easterseals Blake Foundation was present in full force in preparation for the November El Tour de Tucson. Our Sage Ceramics team was excited for the opportunity to interact with everyone at the Tucson Ramada after party.” Every day should be like that. Cyclists visited more than 30 beneficiaries, gaining knowledge of what they do and how they could help be a rider for their non-profit for El Tour. “The Loop the Loop event was so much fun,” said Sara Wolfe Vaughan, marketing director of Friends of Pima

Cyclists stop to check out a beneficiary on Loop the Loop. Damion Alexander Photo Animal Care Center. “We had over 50 cyclists stop by our booth to learn more about our work for the homeless pets in Pima County. We’ve already received several applications for new team riders and even made important connections with the other organizations tabling near us. We will definitely sign up for next year!” There will be a next year. Preparations for Loop the Loop started at the beginning of this year and it took several people to make it a success.

One benefitting in a big way was Darryl Gooden’s non-profit Keeping Teachers Teaching, Inc., where they recycle gently worn shoes and sell them. The money is then given to teachers in need. “We’d like to thank the El Tour staff for putting this on and having us there,” Gooden said. “We were able to collect 40 pairs of shoes from the cyclists. Now we can help Arizona educators in need. I can’t wait for the big ride in November and the Loop the Loop next year.”

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Helping Cyclists Achieve Their Goals The Aid Stations of the El Tour de Tucson

By Tracey Rowley Metcalfe

more elaborate and are even supplied with more portapotties. Most of the sometimes you stop, most times you cyclists in the front don’t stop at any of don’t. Some people never need them, others can’t survive without them. The the stations. The real excitement begins later along the route, about 30 aid stations along the El Tour de minutes after the first riders have Tucson and the people who volunteer at them are one of the most important taken off. The aid stations become a buzz of animated energy as packs of parts of the ride. But who are the racers start stopping for replenishment volunteers, and, what’s it like at the and to answer nature’s call. aid stations during the ride? At Mile 54, during the 2017, sat the All together there are 18 aid aid station manned by staff from Air stations positioned every 7-12 miles Methods Life Net 2 from Marana. Life around the El Tour courses. They are Net 2 provides medical helicopters for staffed completely by volunteers from rescue and medical emergencies. Life groups ranging from the Girl Scouts Net 2 had been at the same station for and Boy Scouts to credit unions and three years and viewed it as an churches. Some have been opportunity to volunteer and provide volunteering since the very first El Tour in 1983 and for some 2018 will be their outreach to support the community. It’s a family affair, as everyone was out, first year. including Amber Ward, a nurse, who It all starts at 5:30 a.m., when volunteered with her baby daughter trucks deploy around the city to stock strapped on her back. the aid stations with water and fruit. At the Life Net aid station, the Volunteers set up their stations after volunteers did everything from filling the deliveries and prepare for the water bottles, holding bikes for riders riders. Some stations even prepare using the bathrooms, to handing out special treats. The Marana Rotary fruit. Paramedic Andrew Merrill passes out hundreds of gallons of provided basic first aid. Nurse Pete eegee’s. The Girl Scouts give out Girl Borowski was able to help with minor Scout cookies. At the Rural Metro fire repairs, getting cyclists with issues station, hosted by Vision Quest, such as broken chains back on the pancakes are made on a large griddle. Marcia’s Brownies, the last aid station, road as quickly as possible. Nurse Pete Borowski from Air Methods Life Net 2 assists cyclist At all aid stations, volunteers brings out thousands of brownies. Danielle from the 2017 El Tour with a broken chain, getting her strive to meet the needs of the riders. The first aid stations on the route back on the road in less than 10 minutes. Barbara Franklin, director of are stocked with very little supplies. registration for Perimeter Bicycling Usually, the only riders who stop are cyclists behind the trailing car have to said, “the stations treat cyclists like those with mechanical issues. Aid continue on without the support of the Franklin noted that many cyclists stations deeper into the route become royalty. They hold people’s bikes and manned aid stations. have told her the volunteers were the fill their water bottles.” “We’re out there cheering on the ones who encouraged them to get riders,” Amber Ward, from the Life Net back on their bikes and finish. aid station, explained why she To act as the eyes throughout the ride, HAM clubs from all over southern volunteers. “People are anxious and we Arizona volunteer and monitor each of help them keep going. We fill their water bottles; it’s very rewarding to get the aid stations. The operators talk to involved with the community.” each other along the route and to the Cyclist Richard Shields from command center, sharing information Scottsdale said, “I’m awfully glad these and calling in the SAG (support and people are here.” gear) wagons for riders. Each year, an award for In 2018, the Oro Valley Amateur outstanding aid station is awarded Radio club helped to provide support based on what is reported by cyclists to at the mile 54 aid station. Using UHF radios, club member Duncan Simpson ride organizers. Franklin noted that the organizers appreciate it when, reported first rider alerts and radioed “people cross the finish line and tell us in about people needing help. A couple from Long Island waited under about their experiences.” Winning the a mesquite tree next to the Life Net aid award is coveted by all the aid stations. This year, riders, as you stop at the station after Simpson called in for a stations, take a moment and thank the SAG wagon to pick them up. The wife was cramping and couldn’t keep going, volunteers and radio operators who are there to support you. They will be but her husband remained positive there hours before you get to the aid saying, “At least we got to see the station, and they’ll be there hours after desert.” As the ride ends, the energy at the you, bringing in the last riders. They will have cut your bananas, filled your aid stations slowly shifts with fewer water bottles, and held your bike while and fewer riders stopping. As the last you did your business. For many riders trickle in, the volunteers cyclists, their ride results are what they encourage them to dig in and keep are, because of the people at the aid going. The arrival of the trailing car signals the cut-off time for support for stations. Their satisfaction comes from cyclists. The stations close up and pack helping you achieve your ultimate reward, crossing the finish line. up their supplies into the truck with the departure of the trailing car. The Amber Ward, one of the nurses with Air Methods Life Net 2, volunteered at the Mile 54 aide station with her baby daughter strapped to her back along with a daughter of one of the pilots.

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El Tour Downtown Start/Finish Road Closures Sat. 11/17/18 (Ride Day) 6th Ave. from Broadway to 22nd St. & all streets in between closed from 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. 6th Ave. & 12th St. Closed 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. 6th Ave. & 13th St. Closed 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. 5th Ave. & 12th St. Closed 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. 5th Ave. & 13th St. Closed 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. Arizona Ave. @ 12th St. Closed 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. Arizona Ave. @ 13th St. Closed 3:00 a.m. Fri-to 6:00 p.m. Sat. 22nd St. closed from 6th Ave. to Freeway Frontage Rd. West Bound Lanes


Those living between Broadway and 22nd St. & Scott Ave. to Frontage Rd. Please exit to the North by using Granada, Congress, Convent/ Church to Broadway.

LEGEND Blue = Closed streets / Red = Barricades Closure / Lime Green = Closed, except for authorized vehicles

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Individuals and/or organization are able to sponsor one or more miles along the 100-mile El Tour route. The mile(s) will be named after the sponsor, and an official sign will be placed within the mile(s) purchased to give recognition to the sponsoring organization or individual. The Dedicate-aMile route sign will also include the name of one of our non-profit agencies with a photograph and brief description of one or more of the clients who benefit from their services.

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El Tour Dedicate-a-Mile Program Mile 52 - The Harris Family In Memory of Michael J. Harris Mile 76 - Scott K. Baker & Dan Rudrud For Tu Nidito Mile 92 - Perimeter Bicycling Association of America In Memory of John Henderson

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BenEficiaries 2018 BICAS

Cascade Foundation Our mission is focused on providing a local support system for the bleeding disorder community in southern Arizona. That system includes patient and family education, financial assistance, advocacy, community awareness, access to quality healthcare and medical research funding. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for patients with Hemophilia, von Willebrands, Thrombophilia and other bleeding disorders and their families.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

BICAS is a community bicycle education and recycling center. We are collectively run 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, located in the heart of downtown Tucson, and welcome people of all ages and walks of life. Through advocacy and bicycle salvage, our mission is to promote education, art, and a healthy environment while providing service and opportunity for everyone in Tucson and the surrounding area. Through donations from the community, BICAS provides the following to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity: an Earn-A-Bike Program, Worktrade, community service, bike repair and community tools. We believe in the bicycle as accessible transportation for all and do our best to make it so.

Arizona’s Children Association

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tucson

through alignment with the nationwide mission. The purpose of the Desert Southwest Chapter is to empower and support individuals, families, care partners and communities affected by dementia in Arizona and southern Nevada. Since 1983, Perimeter Bicycling has raised more than $90 million dollars for more than 100 beneficiaries. To say we are proud of that accomplishment is an understatement. Once again, we are pleased to have Easterseals Blake Foundation as our primary beneficiary. They have been a welcomed partner. This year’s event should put us over the $100 million raised for beneficiaries through the years. Over the last five years alone, Perimeter – along with the nonprofits – has raised about $60 million as they help to raise money for their various causes. This year we have close to 40 beneficiaries taking advantage of our program to raise money. “This has always been a fundraising event for our nonprofits,” said Ila Stadie, Perimeter’s Development Director. “We’d love for more beneficiaries to get involved in our program. The more the merrier."

ADHD America ADHD America was established as a 501(c)(3) with the purpose of reaching school-aged students who have been diagnosed with ADHD. Leveraging one-on-one and group academic coaching, as well as smart phone software solutions, ADHD is committed to making a difference in the lives of students struggling with the effects of their disorder.

ALS Association AZ Chapter Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter The Vision of the Alzheimer’s Association is a world without this tragic disease. Until this vision can become a reality, our nationwide mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia

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Arts-Express The mission of Arts Express is to change lives and build a better community by creating opportunities for children and adults to learn and experience the power of the arts.

Athletes vs Epilepsy

Protecting children, empowering youth, strengthening families. Our vision is that every Arizona family has the resources and support needed to be safe, strong and resilient.

Arizona Justice Project To seek justice for the innocent and the wrongfully imprisoned – the marginalized and forgotten of Arizona’s criminal justice system.

AZ Multi Housing Charitable Foundation Since 2005, dedicated members of the AMA have raised nearly $700,000 to benefit at-risk families and children in Arizona, raising money for the Arizona Multi Housing Charitable Foundation (AMCF).

Beads of Courage Beads of Courage, Inc. is a nationwide charity that provides supportive arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with life-threatening medical conditions, their families, and the health care providers who care for them. Every bead we give strengthens resilience, promotes healing and transforms the caring of children coping with life-threatening illness. Today, over 60,000 children in more than 240 hospitals throughout the United States can proudly record, tell and own their stories of courage.

Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. To that end, our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents and guardians, volunteers and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors and educational success.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is to provide building-centered programs, professional staff and a safe environment to assist youth in developing self-esteem, values and skills.

Cakes for Causes We are a 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers consisting of cake decorators, bakers, sugar artists, and anyone else who wants to heal the world through sugar art. We provide, at no cost, decorative cakes, or other baked goods, and/or sugar art lessons for other 501(C)(3) groups’ parties, fundraising events, or learning sessions. In doing so, we bring premium products and services within reach of nonprofits to allow them to better use their funds toward their missions.

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Children’s Clinics The Children’s Clinics provides a family centered comprehensive medical home to meet the special needs of children and families

Easterseals Blake Foundation Easter Seals Blake Foundation, El Tour’s primary beneficiary, is dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live healthy, productive and independent lives. Our educational, therapeutic, family support and community living programs are designed in accordance with our mission: to enable each individual served to discover and meet his or her maximum potential for independent, productive living and developmental growth. Stay connected! Sign up to receive news and special announcements.

El Grupo El Grupo is a youth cycling organization that provides children with experiences that are fun, skill building and bike centered, so they can acquire the self-confidence and leadership skills to be active and healthy members of the community. All youth need a path. Our mission is to empower youth through bicycles. We instill life-long healthy habits and build character and camaraderie through bicycle riding, racing and outreach. Through our programs, we are getting female and male youth on bikes, and they in turn are teaching, inspiring and empowering other youth to ride, enjoy and love bikes. Today, El Grupo reaches over 1,000 youth annually who are underserved or simply uninspired and gives them something positive to be excited about, as well as self-confidence. We are fostering the next generation of active, healthy, and communityminded cycling enthusiasts and leaders in Tucson.

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El Tour Tour De De Tucson Tucson El Free Ever After Free Ever After exists to reach survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation (sex trafficking), to cultivate their gifts, talents and abilities, and to empower them to become successful women and history makers. We have a resale bridal boutique whose proceeds go to programs in Tucson, AZ. We get our beautiful gently worn wedding dresses by donation from community members. We then help brides redeem these dresses and at the same time they help us provide resources for the survivors we mentor.

Friends of Aphasia We are dedicated to truly changing the lives of individuals and families living with Aphasia.

Friends of Pima Animal Care Center To support Pima Animal Care Center and enhance its efforts to save the lives of pets in need. The Friends of Pima Animal Care Center is the nonprofit partner to our county animal shelter. We grant critically needed resources to Pima Animal Care Center so it can continue the amazing lifesaving progress it has made in recent years.

INTO Africa The mission of Into Africa is to enhance lives through educational opportunities, and impact communities by providing medical assistance, clean water, and all purpose facilities, increasing the quality of life throughout Africa.

Keeping Teachers Teaching Teachers Teaching, Inc. is a one-of-akind nonprofit organization devoted to the needs of teachers. Our inspiration comes from the overwhelming reality of current economic conditions and educational funding cuts that have left educators in dire need of community support. Teachers spend $500-$1000 per year out-of-pocket purchasing classroom supplies. Our purpose is to ensure a higher-quality education for our children by giving them valued, respected and appreciated teachers, free of financial strife and adversity by assisting in supporting their efforts to acquire advanced certifications or licenses. Teachers should not have to sacrifice their own financial stability to ensure classrooms needs are being met.

between cyclists and motorists in the hope users of our public byways become much more aware of the inherent danger to unprotected bicyclists. Its mission is to foster an environment of safety for both cyclists and motorists through educating them about bicycle safety laws and the respect between them. Awareness is the key. Through awareness, injuries can be avoided; suffering alleviated; and lives will be saved.

Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona To preserve the health, dignity and independence of homebound adults by providing home-delivered special diet meals and daily contact with a caring volunteer. We envision a community where seniors and adults with disabilities thrive physically and emotionally in their own homes because they have ready access to appropriate, nutritious food and a compassionate network of support to promote their health and safety.

Pima County Juvenile Court The mission of the Pima County Juvenile Court is to ensure children are protected, youth are rehabilitated, and the community is safe by administrating timely and impartial justice and provide innovative services.

Rotary District 5500 Eradicating Polio: Rotary’s Top Priority Rotary’s top priority is eradicating polio. Contributions you raise will support immunization campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. By seeking contributions in support of your Ride to End Polio, you can help Rotary achieve a polio-free world.

Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports’ (SAAS) mission is to serve the community through the promotion and provision of fitness, recreation and competitive sports opportunities for people with disabilities. Ride El Tour de Tucson with SAAS and help provide adaptive sports programs so people with disabilities can live a more active, healthy life.

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Southern Arizona Gender Alliance

The foundation’s purpose is to promote a greater sense of safety and a more respectful relationship

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basic rights and can live open, authentic lives while feeling safe at home, at work and in the community.

Southern Arizona Mountain Bicyclists Most of our rides would fall into the moderate/intermediate category, unless otherwise listed. Our rides generally last about three to four hours, with a fair amount of stopping to regroup. We also try to have frequent "Beginner Friendly" rides, generally at a slower pace, on easier terrain. If you have questions, please contact the ride organizer or post a comment on the Meetup site.

Southwest Medical Aid We accept and distribute donations of reclaimed medical supplies. Our supplies come from the excess inventory in hospitals, from private practitioners and individuals. The donated medical supplies and equipment are distributed, free of charge, to individuals, families and clinics through a network of clinics and agencies in the US and throughout the world.

St Elizabeth’s Health Center St. Elizabeth’s Health Center offers a breast cancer treatment program for uninsured patients on a funding available basis. The majority of our patients come from working poor families who live below the Federal Poverty Level. Our breast cancer treatment patients have no other resources that will help them pay for their treatment. We commit to provide high quality healthcare with respect and dignity by responding to individual needs and encouraging health and wellbeing.

Team Semper Fi Cycling Program The funding and awareness raised by our community athletes is a critical part of the Semper Fi Fund support system. Community athletes compete in marathons, triathlons, cycling and many other athletic events. They pledge to raise funds and awareness for Semper Fi Fund through their generous efforts, and have fun in the process! Whether you are a seasoned athlete or participating in your very first event, your efforts can make a real difference. www.?

The Haven The Haven provides residential treatment services in Tucson for single women and women with children with drug and alcohol dependency. Our program works to meet the needs of each individual to ensure a successful recovery from

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dependency. Our focus on women and the acceptance of their children into residence is unique in our community.,

Tu Nidito Ride in honor of a Tu Nidito child as you meet your own challenges, bringing hope and comfort to a special child. Receive the child’s name and bio, free entry (paid by Tu Nidito), a Team Tu Nidito jersey, El Tour Tshirt, poster and all other event benefits.

UA Adaptive Athletics The University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics program is the largest and most successful collegiate-based program in the country, housing six globally competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. We believe the power of sport provides a crucial inroad to higher education and community that keeps students connected and engaged through graduation. Disabled individuals are approximately 19 percent of the U.S. population but only 61percent graduate with a college degree and only 18 percent engage in sports or physical activity.

Uphill Into The Wind Uphill IntoThe Wind, a 501(c)(3), is dedicated to supporting the 501(c)(3) charities whose mission it is to do research, find cures and educate patients and their families in the numerous diseases affecting mankind. We do this by loaning bicycles to individuals participating in charity cycling events who could not otherwise afford to buy their own bike for the event.

Water for People Water For People, a non-profit organization, helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable water resources, sanitation facilities and health hygiene education programs. Water For People envisions a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. A world where no one suffers or dies from a water or sanitation-related disease.

World Care World Care's mission is to help create sustainable communities by recycling, repurposing, and redistributing goods for people in need.

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36th El Tour De Tucson


EL TOUR DE TUCSON “A ride around and through Pima County, AZ”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Use your imagination to color the El Tour poster. The most colorful design in each of three age groups will receive a bicycle donated by BEN’S BIKES. One new bicycle will be awarded in each of the following age groups: 3-5, 68, 9-12.

Mail your entry along with your name, birthdate, address and phone number to: EI Tour Coloring Contest 2609 E. Broadway Tucson, AZ 85716. All entries must be received by November 30, 2018. Contest winners will be notified on Friday, December 7, 2018. Winning entries will appear in Tail Winds Winter 2019 issue. Registration information for the 11, 6, 1 and 1/4 mile events at: perimeterbicycling. com or 745-2033

Primary Beneficiary Easterseals Blake Foundation Fall 2018

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Indoor El Tour

… Come Ride With Us under great Conditions Silver, Gold and Platinum. All you need is a stationary bicycle or bicycle trainer and the drive to ride for minutes, not miles! The following 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are participating in the 2018 Indoor El Tour:

The 13th annual Indoor El Tour is a product of El Tour de Tucson. It is designed for anyone starting or continuing the journey of living a healthy lifestyle. This cycling event is for people of all ages and abilities benefiting local and national charities. Participants choose to ride 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 or more minutes on a stationary bicycle anywhere in the world. The times mirror the distances of El Tour’s mainevent road distances with medallions awarded for time pedaled: Fun Ride, Bronze,

Arizona’s Children Association: Arizona’s best resource for helping children and families. Their programs target the type of future we all want to see: a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances. It is their commitment to provide a specifically tailored continuum of services to children and families in need. All programs are family focused, strength-based, culturally sensitive and outcome driven. Beads of Courage: Thank you for having the courage to care! We are Beads dedicated to

helping children with serious illness record, tell and own their stories of survival. We have been working diligently to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life threatening illness through our arts-in-medicine programs. Since our inception, our organization has established our programs in over 240 children’s hospitals in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. Our growth is evidence of the need for the type of support Beads of Courage provides for children coping with serious illness. Cakes for Causes: A 100 percent volunteer organization consisting of cake decorators, bakers, sugar artists and anyone else who wants to heal the world through sugar art. They provide, at no cost, decorative cakes, or other baked goods, and/or sugar art for other 501(c)(3) group’s parties,

fundraising events or learning sessions. They bring premium products and services within reach of non-profits to allow them to better use their funds toward their missions.

world, children everywhere remain at risk. By seeking contributions in support of your Ride to End Polio, you can help Rotary achieve a polio-free world.

Ride for a Child: Tu Nidito’s program was created because every child needs someone to go the extra mile for them. Ride For A Child cyclists ride in celebration of a child they have been paired with in support of Tu Nidito’s emotional, social and educational support programs.

Uphill Into The Wind’s mission is to put more Bodies On Bikes in support of charity cycling and triathlon events loaning bikes to individuals who ride to raise money for charities. Your support helps purchase bikes and parts to keep their fleet rolling and free to the participant who borrows a bike. Returning to contender for the 2018 Education Award for the school with the most minutes pedaled include: Ajo Unified School District, Desert View High School, Dietz K-8, Gridley Middle School, Gallego, Imago Dei, Lauffer Middle School, Secrist Middle School, and Utterback Middle School. Other youth cycling participants include teams from Jr. El Tour, and the Pascua Yaqui Wellness Center.

Rotary – Ride to End Polio: Rotary’s top priority is eradicating polio. The contributions raised will support immunization campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the


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El Tour de Tucson Special Section  

Maps, Stories, Applications and more for the 36th El Tour de Tucson

El Tour de Tucson Special Section  

Maps, Stories, Applications and more for the 36th El Tour de Tucson