It is what some local cyclists look forward to all year, and some Tucson charities do too. The El Tour de Tucson expands beyond the roadways and the weekend.
One of the most lasting effects of this annual ride is the financial impact it makes for non-profits. During the race some $2 million to $3 million will be raised, all being split between 30 different charities.
The primary beneficiary is Tucson's non-profit TuNidito, Spanish for ‘little nest'; it helps 800 children each year who are seriously ill or have lost a parent. Because of El Tour they will receive over $300,000, one third of their yearly budget.
It is the biggest event of the year for them and dozens of others too.
There are national charities, like the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House, just to name a few. There are many local charities too, like Ben's Bells, the Southern Arizona Humane Society, and Water for People. The race does a lot of good.
Some of these charities will also be on hand at the El Tour Expo downtown today and tomorrow.
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