Giffords, Kelly grab award, will race on Saturday

Giffords, Kelly grab award, will race on Saturday

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - First she took it to 11, now she's going for 40.

Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has announced she's going to compete in the El Tour de Tucson for the second straight season.

Last year, Giffords competing in the 11-mile race. This year she has entered to compete in the 40-mile route.

A map of the 104-mile race is available HERE. Maps for all races can be found HERE.

The 45-year-old Giffords will ride a recumbent bicycle. Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, will ride with her.

According to Perimeter Bicycling , the 33rd annual race will be dedicated to Giffords and Kelly for "their committed service to their country and for electing to use the bicycle as a means to get back to good mental and physical health."

The couple will be honored Wednesday night at the Rusing Lopez & Lizardi El Tour Dedication Dinner at Casino Del Sol Resort.

Giffords was seriously injured in a mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011 while a speaking outside a grocery store in Tucson. The shooting left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Giffords.

Perimeter Bicycling said in selecting a dedication recipient, it looks for individuals who serve as an example in achieving accomplishments and overcoming obstacles. Individuals who are not going to let any type of adversity stop them from accomplishing what he or she set out to do.

"Last year, they accomplished the 11-mile Fun Run through determination and hard work," Perimeter Bicycling said on its website. "We see Gabby and Mark giving that hope to all those who want to achieve something good in their life and feel a sense of accomplishment. That's what El Tour is all about: achievement and a will to finish. It' something that will reinforce you to go on with whatever life has in store. Gabby and Mark symbolize El Tour."

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