Team DPF To Ride El Tour De Tucson to Raise Funds for Parkinson’s

November 21, 2019

Epic ride under beautiful skies features several courses and will benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. The Victory Summit® event - Tucson in December.

Tucson, Ariz. — The 37th Annual El Tour De Tucson, recognized as one of the top cycling events in the nation, will be held on Nov. 23. The epic, gorgeous ride under glorious Arizona skies will also benefit people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, as fundraisers from Team DPF will be there.

Over the years, the ride has raised more than $95 million for various charities. The Davis Phinney Foundation, based in Louisville, Colo., is grateful to be on the official list of charities in 2019. El Tour is already on the official list of Team DPF events for 2020.

El Tour participants will pedal main event distances of 100, 50, or 25 miles or choose the Fun Ride consisting of 10, 4, or 1 miles.  The courses range from flat to rolling and moderate hills, against the backdrop of majestic Saguaro cactus. It’s the perfect ride for everyone of any ability, especially those who may want to escape from the chilly fall weather to sunny Arizona, and raise funds for great causes.

The finish line, located in Armory Park, will feature a fiesta with live music, a beer garden, food vendors, kids activities and more.

“We have research-supported and experiential data that proves exercise, including cycling, has a profound effect on people living with Parkinson’s,” says Rich Cook, the Development Director for the Davis Phinney Foundation. “Our riders with Parkinson’s and those who support them will raise funds that will help more people with the condition live well today.”

Team DPF will be in great company! The race draws an estimated 10,000 riders each year.

The Davis Phinney Foundation is delighted to announce it will soon return to Tucson with a The Victory Summit event, scheduled for Dec. 14. The event is in partnership with the Muhammed Ali Center and PMDAlliance. Thanks to a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, the event will be presented in both English and Spanish, with audio headsets and simultaneous translation to Spanish for anyone who requests it.

Topics on the agenda include Supportive Care & Living with Parkinson’s, The PD You Don’t See: Cognitive Symptoms, Navigating Depression, Anxiety & Other Difficult Emotions and How to Have Parkinson’s and Live Well.

Details for the event and registration can be found at dpf.org/vs-tucson.

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 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 only 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, Alt Red, SCRATCH Labs, BOCO Gear, Altra Running, Baker Insurance and Boulder Neurological and Spine Associates. Visit  dpf.org  to learn more.