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Well, here we are at the brink of the Banner – University Medicine 37th El Tour de Tucson. Some thought it wasn’t possible, but those who have been part of this for years knew it was – and is – going to happen. Plenty of things have occurred in the last few months to make it happen, primarily a new CEO, Charlene Grabowski, was put in charge and, well, everything else fell into place…


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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Named El Tour Dedication Recipients
Perimeter Bicycling & El Tour de Tucson is proud to announce Bill & Melinda Gates and their foundation have been named Dedication Recipients for the Banner – University Medicine 37th El Tour de Tucson. “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done wonders for the world and has impacted it tremendously,” said Charlene Grabowski, Perimeter’s CEO.  “… at the same time, it’s helped Perimeter Bicycling raise millions for non-profit partners.”
 
Rotary’s John Hewko penned a nice story about Rotary’s efforts to end polio. It’s been Rotary’s mission for several years and it’s almost there, given just a couple of countries show signs of it. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has been a big project for all involved. Rotary has contributed nearly $2 billion to the effort to date. El Tour helps Rotary raise millions of dollars for that effort.
 
Nothing will stop more than 20 80-year-olds in the 37th El Tour. They’ll be riding various miles, well, because they can. They are still in great shape and active. “You can do it every day and it’s not weight-bearing,” Dr. John Bailiff said. “It’s not damaging so you can do it for decades.” Look for them on the course at El Tour.
 
Everything you want to know about Banner – University Medicine as it pertains to El Tour is right here. From day-to-day activities at the 3-Day Festival & Expo to some of the great stories of help and health at the hospital are here. Banner has been a big help to Perimeter Bicycling for the 37th event.
 
Since 1983, Perimeter Bicycling has raised close to $100 million for more than 100 non-profit partners. To say we are proud of that accomplishment is an understatement. This year’s event should put us over the $100 million mark overall. Over the last six years, El Tour has raised more than $60 million for charities overall.
 
For Friends Of Aphasia
Rona Howard had a stroke three years ago at the age of 43. The stroke left her with Aphasia – a significant loss of the ability to speak. The stroke also left her with hemiplegia on the right side of her body, limiting movement of right arm. Still, she will be riding in El Tour to help raise funds.
 
Monica Medina isn’t one to back down from a challenge. El Tour is hardly one for the 49-year-old who will be riding in her third El Tour. She’s more than happy to be riding in her third. She almost didn’t make her first, given she had a heart attack just three weeks before the event. She’s been working out and this year will be raising money for Ben’s Bells.
 
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PAST ISSUES OF TAIL WINDS HERE


More About Tail Winds – READ MORE

For the past 26 years – almost to the day – we’ve brought you Tail Winds in the form of what it is today: a free-wheeling look at all things athletic as it pertains to events, fun and adventure involving runners, cyclists, swimmers and outdoor enthusiasts. We’ve included writers who attempt to inspire you to become stronger mentally and physically.

We also continue to evolve like everyone else. We will attempt to do so here on our website where you can find our stories easier to read and easily available. 

We will now be printing 16,000 copies of Tail Winds, but will be distributing our link to the publication to more than 50,000 potential readers through a number of different avenues such as beneficiaries, sponsors and our database of more than 20,000  riders.

We here are committed to keeping the  Tail Winds interesting with stories you like to read. We hope to inspire you to get you outdoors – even if it’s not on a bike, we’d like for you to make it happen to help keep your mind and body healthy.

Happy reading.

Steve Rivera

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