Rotary riders at the start of El Tour de Tucson in 2014.
By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary
On 18 November, over 18,000 wheels will be gliding through the Sonora Desert. Those wheels will be propelled by 9,000 cyclists participating in the annual Tour de Tucson. Many ride for fun; many ride for the challenge of completing the long course of 106 miles; and many ride to raise money for humanitarian causes. Close to a hundred of those riders are fortunate enough to ride for nothing less than one of the greatest public health achievements in our time.
I count myself among those lucky few, as I will be riding to fundraise for Rotary’s flagship cause of polio eradication, pursued by Rotary members and their friends for more than thirty years. This year’s Tour de Tucson ride is another opportunity to bring us closer to the goal of a polio-free world.
So I will be taking on the challenge of the Tucson course with two wheels, almost 100 Rotarian riders and staff teammates from Tucson and around the world, and 1.2 million Rotary members in support. I’ll also be doing it with one new hip, which adds another …read more
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