Town of Marana Premiers El Tour 28-Mile Distance from Heritage River Park

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

2016.ETT.TMC LOGO 7-27-16Tucson, Ariz. (July 27, 2016) — Perimeter Bicycling Association of America is pleased to announce the Town of Marana as the sponsor for a newly created, 28-mile distance in the Tucson Medical Center 34th El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol, which will take place on November 19, 2016.

The new 28-mile leg will make its debut for the 2016 El Tour in the Town of Marana, creating an appealing distance for anyone who wants to take on a shorter leg than the 106, 76, 54, or 37-milers. Organizers expect that 500-1,000 cyclists will find the distance and the later start time an attractive alternative.

Cynthia Nemeth-Briehn, director of parks and recreation in Marana, explains “Marana Heritage River Park is the perfect location for this event.  This park and its neighbor, Gladden Farms Community Park, showcase some of our most beautiful open spaces, and El Tour offers a terrific opportunity for us to bring the community together in this picturesque location.”

“We are pleased to debut in 2016 this new partnership between the Town and El Tour. The partnership showcases Marana as a great bicycling community that values healthy living and outdoor recreation. The goal is for cycling aficionados and casual riders alike to return and enjoy Marana’s outstanding cycling opportunities,” said Richard DeBernardis, founder & president of El Tour. “Marana is doing a great job promoting health, wellness and safety in this community. They are a perfect fit and a great addition to El Tour.”

To register for the Town of Marana 28-Mile distance in El Tour, go to:

To register for all El Tour distances go to:

Directions to the Town of Marana 28-Mile Start:

From I-10, exit Tangerine Road, and head west for approximately 3.6 miles.  Turn south at the northwest intersection of Heritage Park Dr/Gladden Farms Rd.

The theme of this year’s El Tour is Come Together, Ride Now.  “El Tour gives all the cyclists, sponsors and charitable agencies a chance to celebrate together, to ride together,” said DeBernardis. “No matter where we come from, what age, what ability, we like to have a good time and show our community how we come together year after year for a terrific event. It is about reaching across all the boundaries that separate us from each other. We come together, ride together, share together and succeed together.”

About Perimeter Bicycling

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax exempt organization responsible for the production and promotion of four major cycling events – El Tour de Tucson, El Tour de Mesa, Loop The Loop, Cochise County Cycling Classic and Indoor El Tour – as well as an annual Bicycle, Fitness & Health Expo, and El Tour Fun Rides. Perimeter Bicycling also supports and promotes El Tour de Mt. Fuji and El Tour de Kusatsu, held annually in Japan. Both events are modeled after El Tour’s concept of cycling in pursuit of wellness.

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About the Town of Marana

As a unique crossroads of culture, industry, and innovation, Marana claims a rich and diverse history.  From the Native Americans who settled the banks of the Santa Cruz River thousands of years ago to the railroad workers who laid miles of tracks through the community in the 1800s, Marana embraces a heritage that is strongly connected to the beautiful landscapes that surround it.  To learn more, visit or

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