By Ciara Biscoe / Tucson News Now intern
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Medical Center is back as the title sponsor of Tucson's premier bicycling event.
In a news release announcing El Tour de Tucson's sponsorship, Perimeter Bicycling Association of America said TMC will be the title sponsor for the second year.
The event, which has added a 25-mile leg in Marana to legs of 104, 75, 55, and 40 miles, will be officially known as the Tucson Medical Center El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol Resort.
This is the 34th year for El Tour, which expects to attract more than 8,000 riders and another 3,000 participants in the Indoor El Tour, an event designed for stationary bicyclists.
The 25-mile leg was created to provide more variety for families and anyone who wants to tackle a shorter distance.
The theme of this year's El Tour de Tucson is "Come Together, Ride Now," which reflects the way the community supports this event regardless of background, age or ability.
If you're interested in participating in this event, visit http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/ to register.
Easter Seals Blake Foundation is El Tour's primary beneficiary. Last year, nearly $16 million was raised for more than 50 charitable agencies.
El Tour was founded in 1983 with the objective of becoming the United States' largest charity-fundraising bicycling event. The event has raised more than $51 million for charities throughout its history.