Tucson Medical Center (TMC) will be the new title sponsor of the 33rd annual El Tour de Tucson, replacing Special Olympics. The bicycle race will take place Nov. 21. TMC becomes the 12th title sponsor of the event.
Organizers say 50 nonprofit organizations will benefit from the proceeds, and Easter Seals Blake Foundation will be the primary beneficiary this year. The race will be dedicated to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, who are expected to ride in the competition.
El Tour officials say the event brings in more than 9,000 riders from around the world, contributing up to $30 million to the local economy and more than $48 million for nonprofit organizations.