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Ride with Team DPF For the Inaugural El Tour de Zona

December 3, 2021

Cyclists raise funds with Team DPF to help people with Parkinson’s get the most out of life today

Arizona — Enjoy an epic, scenic three-day ride while raising funds to support people with Parkinson’s. Team DPF, the fundraising arm of the Davis Phinney Foundation, is inviting all cyclists to ride along with the team for fun, camaraderie and the opportunity to truly make a difference in people’s lives.

The new three-day cycling event, El Tour de Zona, goes through the scenic towns of Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Bisbee and will be held March 25-27. On the bike: A fully supported, astonishingly beautiful course. Off the bike at night: A fun festival-like atmosphere for all to enjoy.

Team DPF is participating in this inaugural event. Funds raised by Team DPF go directly to programs, education, and more to help people with Parkinson’s live their best lives today. From webinars to the latest in medtech research, to sporting events including cycling and boxing, we work with Parkinson’s patients and their care partners to make every day count. Learn more here.

The beautiful course features cyclist support on low-traffic roads through famous destinations. About 1,000 cyclists are expected to attend. Climbing off their bikes, cyclists will find lively festivals with live music, delicious food and beer and wine gardens. You can learn more here. El Tour de Zona is presented by Perimeter Bicycling, the home of El Tour de Tucson.

“There’s excitement surrounding every single one of these beautiful and fun-filled events, and being part of an inaugural event is really special,” says Rebecca Reifel

Events and Development Manager for the Davis Phinney Foundation. “Parkinson’s Disease is the No. 2 neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than 1 million people in the United States. When these cyclists hit the road to raise funds for people with Parkinson’s, their impact is immense. We are grateful for each and every one of them.”

Team DPF has already raised more than $1 million this year. These funds go to programming, events, education, quality of life research and resources for people affected by Parkinson’s.

Participants who raise funds for Team DPF at fun-filled events can earn incentives including branded Team DPF gear. People raise money from family, colleagues and friends, or by setting up their own social media pages. If you have specific questions, you can email teamdpf@dpf.org.

Team DPF accounts for about 35 percent of the funds that are raised by the Foundation annually, and offers fun, supportive experiences for participants at some of the best rides, runs, and walks across the country. With 2021 events wrapping up for the year, people interested in joining should join the newsletter where details on upcoming 2022 events will be announced.

The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded by Olympic cyclist Davis Phinney in 2004 to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The organization’s focus is to provide programs, early stage research, and resources that offer inspiration, information and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action that can immediately improve their quality of life. Parkinson’s is the No. 2 neurodegenerative disease – second to Alzheimer’s – and affects more than 1 million people in the United States. The Foundation’s work impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals and families each year.

Team DPF  is the grassroots fundraising community that supports the Davis Phinney Foundation through participation in a wide range of athletic and community-based events. With a focus on fun, personal empowerment and fundraising for Parkinson’s, Team DPF welcomes all ages and abilities. With roots in cycling, Team DPF also extends to runners, climbers, swimmers, hikers, community events and more. Team DPF is sponsored by: Primal, AltRed, SCRATCH Labs, Wahoo SUF Training, Rick Baker Insurance, Amneal, Supernus, Catrike, and Carmichael Training Systems.

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CONTACT: Rebecca Reifel

Development and Events Manager

rreifel@dpf.org