WELCOME TO THE 2013 MICHAEL HARRIS MEMORIAL RIDE TO END POLIO
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
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, riding 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.