August 5 – 9th Annual Tour of the Litchfield Hills

9th Annual Tour of the Litchfield Hills To Be Held Sunday, August 5th

The northwest corner’s annual “Tour of the Litchfield Hills” Cycling Tour will celebrate its ninth anniversary by returning to Torrington’s Coe Park on Sunday, August 5th  to benefit The Center for Cancer Care Fund, Inc. Last year the event raised almost $80,000 for the locally based fund which provides support for cancer patients residing or receiving treatment in Northwest Connecticut.

The Center For Cancer Care Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to people battling cancer, and gives assistance for unexpected emergencies for cancer patients for which there are no immediate resources. For example, funds may be allocated for food, transportation, utility bills and medications that are not covered by insurance.  The Fund also provides funding for complementary therapies available to cancer patients.

“This is an important event for those of us who live and work in this area. Our friends and family members directly benefit from the proceeds.  We are pleased that we have been able to support residents in need for the past eight years” says Matt Pagano Chair of the Tour Planning Committee made up of volunteers who live and work in this area.

This cycling charity ride consists of 12, 30, 55, 75, and 100-mile routes.  There are also 2.4, 4.2 and 8 mile walking routes for non-cyclists who wish to participate.  All routes begin and end at Coe Park in downtown Torrington and the day concludes with a picnic for participants at the park. All cycling routes follow paved, lightly traveled roads throughout picturesque Litchfield County that are fully supported with rest stops and on-the-road support vehicles. Last year, the event supported nearly 1200 participants.

Tour of Litchfield Hills Schedule:

6:00 AM – Registration Opens

7:00 AM – 100 mile start

8:00 AM –  55 and 75 bike mile start

9:00 AM –  30 mile bike start

10:00 AM – 12 mile bike start

10:15 AM – All walking routes begin

12:00 PM – Post ride/walk picnic begins

There is a registration fee of $40 per adult, $15 for children under 12, and $60 for a family of five or less. The registration fee is waived for any individual raising $100 or more. Team registration packets are available for those who wish to join as a team. A $40.00 registration fee is required by each Team member, regardless of the amount the team raises.  All participants will receive a T-shirt specifically designed for the Tour.  Additionally, limited edition Tour of the Litchfield Hills cycling jerseys and socks will be available for purchase. All cyclists are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet for the Tour. The event will be held rain or shine; registration fees and donations are non-refundable.

The Tour of the Litchfield Hills is presented by Torrington Honda and is supported by founding sponsor, Northwest Community Bank and diamond sponsor: Campion Ambulance Service, Inc.

To obtain more information, maps, and an on-line registration form, or visit www.tourofthelitchfieldhills.com or contact Dr. Matt Pagano (860-379-3372).

Participants may also register online at www.BikeReg.com.

Registration brochures including donation forms are available at The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and The Center For Cancer Care, at 200 Kennedy Drive in Torrington.

The Center for Cancer Care offers comprehensive cancer care services including radiation therapy, medical oncology and chemotherapy, massage, and art therapy. The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care non-profit hospital located in Torrington, CT, serving thirteen towns and 100,000 persons.

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