Fun Rides & Kids Stuff


Welcome to the Tucson Medical Center El Tour Fun Ride!

This event is for adults and kids of all ages and abilities. This ride is open to all who ride road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX, tandems, wheelchairs, handcycles or any human powered bicycle. It is a great family and community event for novices and experienced cyclists to be part of
El Tour de Tucson.  Kid trailers are welcome!

Please review the information below about the Fun Ride.

Happy cycling!

Lots of stuff to do for kids including:

Four Fun Rides /Coloring Contest

Tucson Medical Center

Fun for the whole family!                            Ed Tunstall Photo




START TIME for all distances:  8:00 am
on 6th Ave at 13th Street, Armory Park

10-mile course starting in Armory Park and heads to the Santa Cruz River multi-use path – scenic and mostly away from traffic.
MapMyRide link to the route HERE

5-mile course  easy  and mostly flat along the Santa Cruz river path.
MapMyRide link to the route HERE

1-mile course  a very easy, all flat ride out-and-back on a closed street! Starting at Armory Park on 6th Ave south to 21st St and turn around, back to Armory Park.  What could be easier?  MapMyRide link to the route HERE

2014 Fun Ride Eric Peffer

Deck out your bike or wear a costume
Eric Peffer photo

Expo/Packet Pickup.
This is the place to be the two days before the event.  Mingle with the main event cyclists, visit vendors and displays and pick up your packet.  It’s the best place for last minute registration!

The Fun Ride is very affordable!
 $15 per individual cyclist.  


Pulling a non-pedaler (pulled in a trailer or a kid in a seat on the bike)?  FREE entry for the kid but full registration is needed and the adult pedaler must register and fully pay the entry fee.  Write to info @ for details.


Get Decorated!

Several awards and prizes:


to all finishers


(Youths 12 & under)

Show off your creativity … deck out your bike! Wear a costume!  Let your imagination go wild! Selection will be made at the Finish Line. The winner brings home a Conquistador Trophy, El Tour’s highest award!


Attention young artists
Use your imagination to color El Tour’s poster.
The winner in each of three age groups will receive a bicycle donated by Mamas Famous Pizza & Heros.

Enter by Nov 14th.  Winners notified on Nov 20th. One new bike will be awarded in each of the following age groups :  3-5, 6-8, 9-12

DOWNLOAD Coloring Contest Here : contest

Mail your entry, along with your name, birth date, address and phone number to:
El Tour Coloring Contest
2609 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ. 85716

Be An El Tour Kid
and join Kids Riding for Those Who Can’t

This special program gives youth 14-and-under a way to participate in a healthy physical activity while honoring someone special. It also offers an educational opportunity to develop writing skills. These young cyclists are called “El Tour Kids.”

To become an El Tour Kid, the young cyclist must ride in El Tour main event (100, 50 or 25 miles) or the Fun Ride or Indoor El Tour in honor of someone who is unable to ride. This special someone may be a friend, family member, teacher or even their favorite pet! The cyclist must write a short letter explaining whom he/she is riding for and why.

 Entry Form HERE Kids Riding for those who can’t ride

Step 1.  Write a short paragraph about a special person you will ride for and why you will ride in their honor. This special person can be anyone…a friend, family member or teacher.

Step 2.  Send your submission in no later than December 1, 2019 to:
El Tour Kids, 2609 E Broadway, Tucson AZ 85716
or email


The winner of the Kids Riding For Those Who Can’t contest will be notified by phone or mail by December 10, 2019

Some essays are published below.


2016 winner Stephanie Hurtado

Stephanie Hurtado (c) Lauffer Middle School principal, Thom Luedemann (r) and Perimeter Education Director, Elaine Mariolle (l).


“This ride is for my dad because he works very hard to get us what we need. When I grow up I want to be like him “hard working”. My dad didn’t have the best childhood and struggled a lot but he managed to be someone in life, his goal is for us to have a good future and go to college my dad is my hero.”
Stephanie Hurtado, age 13
Tucson, AZ





More essays Here

Editor Note:
All the essays submitted are absolutely outstanding making it impossible to choose one essay over another so the winner was chosen in a random drawing.  Congratulations to all students who rode El Tour for a friend, coach, group, teacher and beloved family member and took the time to share their experience and thoughts.

“This is to my Mom because she takes care of me and she buys me clothes and shoes and always takes care of me and my brothers and she will take care of us until the day that she dies. She will never stop taking care of us even though my dad is still in Africa. She is raising us alone. She will not give up because she loves us so much. That is why I love her and why I am riding for her.”
Dieumerci Byiringiro, age 11
Tucson, AZ

“This year I am riding for my sister, Yurexee. I’m riding for her because she doesn’t know how to ride a bike we have tried to teach her how to ride one, but she just doesn’t know how. I plan to keep helping her to try, because I also didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was 7. My goal is to help her learn before her birthday in December. If I try I know I’ll be able to accomplish this.”

Tyvheen Robles, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I would like to ride for disabled veterans because when veterans go to war some people lost their legs and some people are in wheelchairs so that makes it hard for disabled veterans to ride a bike. They go to war so I have the freedom to ride a bike. When veterans go to war they miss out on Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays. They sacrifice their time and their lives to keep me safe and the United States a free country.
Xavious Davidson, age 14
Tucson, AZ

“I am thankful for Hannah because she accepts me the way I am.  Hannah cannot ride a regular bike because she is in a wheelchair. She makes me feel special because needs me  as a special bike to ride. I would like to win the bike for her and show her how to ride.”
Zakaira Daniels, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“If I were to win, I’d dedicate my El Tour ride to the people who moved to America but can’t speak English. Only because it isn’t fair to them they might feel unwelcome into our country. Since they deserve to feel welcomed I’d dedicate it to them. Perhaps it’d help them feel more comfortable in our country. It’s not easy to move somewhere completely new, and the people don’t even speak their native language. These people deserve to feel welcomed into a new world. They really do.”

Jennifer Diggins, age 11
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to my baby sister Amaya because she is going through a lot with her scoliosis and she is constantly going to the hospital. Amaya has brought so much happiness into my life I can’t explain, but even though I argue with her a lot She is still a big part of my life and I have so much love for her.”
Aubrianna Soto, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to my baby brother Nicholas. I dedicate to him because I never had the chance to meet him. He died in the hospital a few days later from the day he was born. When I ride I think of him. He inspires me to do more, losing him made me think about how much fun we would have, and much he would want me to be happy.”

Daniella Taylor-V., age 11
Tucson, AZ

“I am riding a bike for my dad. During summer my dad suffered a pretty big heart attack. He’s fine now but he has to be careful with the activity he does. We would always go ride bikes in the afternoon so it’s something our whole family enjoys. Riding today was very fun, and it meant more to me because I was riding for someone very close to me who I really love. I rode for my dad.
Triana D Alvidrez, age 13
 Tucson, AZ

“I am riding for my mom. The reason she can’t ride is cuz she is at work. My mom is a medical assistant. She works with skin. My mom is suffering from a blood clot and she has it in her arm, my mom has 5 kids and still gets to work on time she is my super hero.”
Nialah Garcia, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to my mom she isn’t sick or anything but she is the best person I know.”Clarisse Custudia, age 12
Tucson, AZ

“Dear Richard, you’re a big part of my life. You’re my friend. I dedicate this ride to you because you’re special.”
Jose David, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“I dedicate my ride to Jose because he is my friend. He also is very nice to me. Every day he says hi to me, I appreciate his kindness. He also is a good student and gets good grades that’s why I dedicated it to him”
Mia Chavarria, age 13
Tucson, AZ

“This year I am dedicating my Indoor El Tour ride to all the people in the military because they are very busy defending our country. I am also very thankful for their bravery and all that they do.”
Marcella Meza, age 12
Tucson, AZ

“I would ride for my grandma who passed away on January of this year. She was a very nice and caring grandma. She always made sure all her kids and grandkids were doing fine and mage sure we were always full and not hungry because she loved to cook especially for us.”
Nick Rivera, age 12
Tucson, AZ