TULSA, OK – [January 15, 2019] – New year means new goals. Make riding in the 32nd annual Tour de Tulsa presented by St. John Health System/Ascension a channel to reach your goal of fitness and health with registration now open. More than 800 cyclists from across the state and region will descend upon Tulsa on Saturday, May 4 to participate in this annual go-at-your-pace biking event.
Cyclists will begin their ride at OSU Center for Health Sciences, 1111 West 17th Street, on the west bank of the Arkansas River at 8:00 a.m. Cyclists will complete their choice of an 8-mile family ride, 20, 50, 61 and 101 mile routes. More than 70 volunteers will be working rest stops along the routes serving fruit, granola bars, water and Gatorade. Tour de Tulsa is hosted annually by the Tulsa Health Department and the Tulsa Bicycle Club as a way to promote health in the community. Platinum sponsors for the event include Mark Welty-State Farm. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
“By participating in the Tour de Tulsa you not only improve your fitness and bike through the beautiful Oklahoma countryside, you help Pathways to Health generate revenues that support health and wellness activities in Tulsa County that positively impact many of our most vulnerable residents,” said Dr. Bruce Dart, executive director.
Proceeds from Tour de Tulsa benefit Pathways to Health (P2H), which unites more than 90 local agencies, organizations, corporations and health systems to improve health outcomes in Tulsa County. Last year, this fundraiser ride raised over $23,000 that directly improved the health and wellbeing of Tulsa residents.
“One of the grants we gave last year was for Tulsa Public Schools to provide 1,000 3rd to 5th grade students transportation to a local farm for a hands-on lesson about how agriculture provides them with the food they eat,” said Leslie Carroll, P2H chairperson. “They sampled several vegetables, potted a vegetable plant of their choice, and even got to pet and feed the animals. Educating kids about healthy eating is a perfect example of working upstream to impact health across the lifespan.”
Early bird registration is $40 for those 13 years of age or over and $15 for those 12 and under. The Family Fun Ride cost is $15 for participants of any age. Register online at www.tulsabicycleclub.com/tdt. Register by April 17 for a free t-shirt.
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