TUCSON — With El Tour de Tucson planned to take place in November, area residents can cycle their way to supporting a good cause.

The El Tour de Tucson event, set for Nov. 20, is a fundraising event, and the organization Friends of the Pinal County Animal Shelter and Rescues is one of the event beneficiaries.

“Why would residents of Pinal County be excited about the El Tour de Tucson cycling event coming up on November 20? Because it’s a fun, fantastic cycling event and you can cycle to raise funds for Friends of Pinal County Animal Shelter and Rescues,” a press release from the organization said.

El Tour de Tucson is an annual event that attracts thousands of participants.

All ages and abilities take part in the event and may choose to ride a 100-mile, 57-mile or 28-mile route.

There are also “fun ride” options of 10, 5 or 1 mile.

“The cycling routes feature beautiful landscapes of Tucson and southern Arizona while riding in the cool winter air of Tucson. Route profiles range from flat to rolling and moderately hilly paths,” the press release said.

Route maps can be viewed on the event’s website at www.eltourdetucson.org.

“Friends of Pinal County Animal Shelter and Rescues is proud to be one of the nonprofit organizations who benefit from this event,” the press release said.

Mera Laureys, a resident of Saddlebrooke, founded Friends of Pinal County Animal Shelter and Rescues in 2020 to help fund veterinary supplies and care for the well-being of dogs and cats at the shelter, with fosters and with animal rescue groups. Funds raised by Friends of Pinal have paid for medical and dental veterinary equipment not funded by the county, medical costs and rehabilitation for injured animals as well as supplies for the safety and well-being of animals at the Pinal County shelter at Eleven Mile Corner.

More information about the organization is at https://friendsofpinal.org.

Participants can sign up to ride in the El Tour de Tucson at www.eltourdetucson.org. Select the “Register” button in the upper right corner, and sign up as a rider on the Friends of Pinal County Animal Shelter and Rescues team. Pledge funds from you and your supporters to Friends of Pinal County Animal Shelter and Rescues.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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