TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — El Tour is a lot of things for the Tucson community: It showcases the metro area as a cycling-friendly destination, brings a boost to the local economy, and has been woven into the cultural fabric of the city for decades.
Another huge component of the annual ride is its benefit to community organizations. Organizers say charity, health, and wellness "all go hand-in-hand when it comes to building awareness for a bike ride that has been part of the Tucson community for nearly four decades."
This year's ride will benefit Pima JTED, which provides career and technical training to about 22,000 Southern Arizona high school students each year.
Pima JTED says this financial support will help the program expand its resources and give a valuable leg up in terms of public awareness.
"This partnership is putting Pima JTED out into the public knowledge internationally to let everyone see what we have for career and technical education," said Superintendent/CEO of Pima JTED Kathy Prather.
Organizers say El Tour raises about $5 million each year for local charitable causes.
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