November 23, 2019
The Ride to End Polio is a bicycling fundraiser hosted by Rotary District 5500 and held each November in Tucson, Arizona, USA, in conjunction with El Tour de Tucson, one of the largest annual bicycling events in the US. El Tour, organized by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, annually attracts more than 8,000 cyclists. In 2017, 125 Rotarians came from as far as Germany, France and Australia to ride in the event. Cyclists can ride distances ranging from a half-mile fun ride to the full 100 miles and typically collect pledges for each mile ridden. If you can’t make it to Tucson you can participate by riding a stationary bike in your home or gym and collect pledges for the number of minutes you ride. In addition to the ride itself, District 5500 puts on a celebration banquet on the eve of the ride, provides food, drink and massage for Rotarians at the finish line, and staffs the largest aid station on the ride. There are lots of volunteer opportunities for Rotarians, friends and family not riding in the event.
Riders can choose from a variety of distances including: 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles. Those who ride infrequently can choose a ¼ mile or 5 mile Fun Ride. Indoor cyclists can ride up to 90 minutes.
Rotary Fellowship Cycling to Serve