Peoria residents Carl and Jordan Ames, a father and son team going by the name of “AMES 2 FINISH,” will be cycling the 60-mile segment of the 30th El Tour de Tucson Nov. 17. Joining them on the cycling tour will friends from POPS Ride (www.popsride.com), Jerry Stutzman, Shane Stutzman, Shannon Stutzman, and Tracy Swartz, all Peoria residents. The El Tour de Tucson is a huge cycling event organized to raise funds for many organizations. According to the websitewww1.perimeterbicycling.com, 22 non-profit organizations benefit from this event.
Last year, Carl and Jordan cycled the 42-mile segment but have upped the challenge to 60 miles. However, their good friend and Peoria resident Kyle Crump will be cycling the 111-mile segment. Crump just completed an epic cycling adventure, The Tour de Ted, a special event for his employer, Edward Jones, cycling 700 miles from Colorado Springs, Colo., ending in St. Louis, Mo. The event was a fundraising project for cancer research honoring Ted Jones, one of the company’s founding partners who passed away of cancer.
Also last year, the POPS Ride team of Shane, Shannon, and Peoria resident Kyle Worley, accompanied by father Jerry and a support crew consisting of family friends, made their own epic adventure when they cycled from St. Augustine, Fla. to San Diego, Calif., all for the benefit of raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease. Funds raised were donated to The Michael J. Foxx Foundation, The Davis Phinney Foundation, The Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Disease Research Center located in downtown Phoenix, AZ., as well as the TGEN Foundation. You can check out their adventure and still donate to their cause by going to their website www.popsride.com.
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