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Banner is title sponsor for El Tour de Tucson

Both sides say its a good marriage.

Banner University Medicine and the Perimeter Bicycling Association, the company that organizes El Tour de Tucson, formally announced the health provider as the title sponsor for Arizona’s biggest cycling event. Officials said the children’s center will be the primary beneficiary of the race.

Charlene Grabowski, CEO of Perimeter, said the union with Banner is like a marriage. She added that both organizations share a love for Tucson.

“It’s the beginning of great things. This year really is a focus on making sure everybody has a great experience,” Grabowski said. “But as we look to the next three years we need to think about what’s more contemporary.”

El Tour de Tucson is considered one of the 10 largest cycling events in the country. Cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride.

“El Tour de Tucson is more than just a bike ride, it is a Tucson and surrounding community commitment to health, wellness and safety. As the lead sponsor for El Tour de Tucson, Banner University Medicine is extremely proud to help support this nationally recognized cycling event,” said Samuel M. Keim, MD, MS, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center emergency medicine physician and cycling enthusiast.

Keim encouraged everyone to join El Tour de Tucson. The event will be held on November 23.

“You can do it. Cycling is a great way to develop fitness, even if you are completely out of shape. Get a bike, get on the path, get a loop,” Kleim said. “Tucson has what I think probably the best bike path in the United States. It really is. It’s safe. You won’t have any interaction with traffic. Get out there and do it.”

The 37th El Tour de Tucson, Arizona’s largest cycling event and one of the 10 largest cycling events in the United States, is produced and directed by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. Cyclists of all ages and abilities may ride 100, 50 or 25 miles or a Fun Ride of 10, 4 or 1 miles. To register for the race, please visit:

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