Tour De Cape Now a Family Event

Lee Memorial Health System is co-sponsoring the addition of a Kids & Family Mini Tour to the City of Cape Coral’s 2014 Tour De Cape annual ride at Cape Harbour. The event is part of a family fun filled weekend that offers the opportunity to educate cyclists about safety.

“We’re excited to include children in this year’s Tour De Cape. It’s a great way for us to educate families about safety since children account for about 60% of all cycling-related injuries treated at hospital emergency departments,” explains Sally Kruescher. “It’s such a wonderful event, and we want everyone to be safe and have a great time.”

According to the CDC, while only one percent of all trips taken in the U.S. are by bicycle, bicyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do. All cyclists, even adults, can protect themselves by wearing a properly fitted helmet when they ride.

The Mini Tour route is a three mile safe, flat, kid-friendly course that tours Cape Harbour, 5710 Chiquita Blvd. Young riders must be 7 to 13 years old, off training wheels, and accompanied by a parent. Children must also wear helmets to participate. Lee Memorial Health System will provide safety helmets to as many as 50 lucky, young riders at the event, complete with helmet fittings, as well as safety presentations and a video for all participants during lunch.

Registration for Tour De Cape is currently open. Those who register before Jan. 6 will receive a free Tour De Cape tee shirt.

Onsite pre-registration begins Friday, Jan. 17, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Cape Harbour.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, onsite registration runs from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Then, a 5K walk/run starts the Tour De Cape at 8 a.m.

The Kids & Family Mini Tour will also take place on Saturday. The cost is $5 per rider. It includes a three mile route, a hot dog lunch, and a tee shirt. Registration starts at 9 a.m., and the Mini Tour begins at 10 a.m.

Adult bicycle rides begin Sunday. The 60 and 100 mile courses begin at 8 a.m., and the 15 and 30 mile courses begin at 8:30 a.m.

A post-event celebration with live music will be held on Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. at Cape Harbour.

For more information, please call 573-3123 or visit tourdecape.net.

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