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NEW FOR 2013: Ride a Stationary Bike to End Polio!

So many of you have written saying you would like to ride in the Rotary District 5500 Ride to End Polio but can’t make it to Tucson in November. GOOD NEWS! You no longer need come to Tucson to participate.

During the week of November 18, 2013, the week of El Tour de Tucson, hop on an exercise bike for as many minutes as you like. Collect pledges and fund raise just like those cyclists who will be riding in El Tour, and be part of an event that last year raised enough money to purchase more than 1 million doses of Polio Vaccine.All finishers will receive an official Indoor El Tour Medallion and other benefits depending on the fundraising level you choose. All you need is a stationary bicycle or bicycle trainer, the drive to ride for minutes, not miles, and the desire to be part of something big!

Please remember that to be part of this event you must register using THE ROTARY APPLICATION. You can find it here.


On November 17, 2012 nearly 90 Rotarian cyclists, friends and family took to the roads in the 30th annual El Tour de Tucson, or as we call it the Rotary  Ride to  End Polio,  ridingEl_Tour_de_Tucson_062 distances of 42, 60, 85 or 111 miles. Cyclists represented Rotary Clubs accross the US and the world. This was the fourth year that Rotarians would participate in El Tour. Aided by participation by Rotary  General Secretary John Hewko and his wife Marga, Rotarian cyclists raised more than $400,000, all of which directly funded polio vaccine–enough to vaccinate more than one million children. All told, in four years of cycling to end polio, Rotarians, friends and family have raised more than $550,000.

2012 saw several enhancements. We continued our tradition of our pre-ride dinner, where we recognized champion fundraiser Bob McKenzie of the Rotary Club of Tulsa who, for two years running has raised more funds than any other cyclist. The Tucson Sunset Club organized the Rotary Booth at the finish line where we distributed sandwiches, snacks and drinking water to Rotary and other cyclists.  And our continuing sponsor, Eegees distributed hundreds of frozen desserts to weary peddlers.

Join us in 2013. PLEASE NOTE THAT TO RIDE FOR ROTARY, YOU MUST USE THE ROTARY APPLICATION FOUND HERE and follow the instructions on the application.


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