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EL TOUR DE TUCSON 2023

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

WE RIDE UNITED

Calling all cyclists! We’re taking part in the 40th El Tour de Tucson to help raise funds for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona – and we’d love your help! Join us for an epic adventure on two wheels, and have an amazing time all while supporting an incredible cause. Together, we can Ride United!

When you set up your fundraising page, please fundraise or donate your entry fee of $150 for cycling or $25 for 5k first. Once you have reached your entry fee goal we will register you for the race.

HOW DO I REGISTER AS A FUNDRAISING CYCLIST OR RUNNER FOR UNITED WAY OF TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA?

Go to the Register button in the above menu and complete the form. You will be guided through the registration process. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt with a link to set up your personal fundraising webpage

You do not need to register through the El Tour de Tucson Website – United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona will complete your tour entry and cover your fee!

When you set up your fundraising page, please fundraise or donate your entry fee of $150 for cycling or $25 for 5k first. Once you have reached your entry fee goal we will register you for the race.

 

October 15th  DEADLINE to sign up and raise enough for fee to ride

November 18th is Ride. Click here for Ride Times.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO GET STARTED:

  1. Sign up to run or ride here
  2. You will receive a link to set up your personal profile page, a picture of you and a quick explanation of why you are riding are all that’s needed!
  3. Copy your personal donation page url and keep it in a safe place, this is the link you will send to friends and family for fundraising.
  4. Please fundraise or donate your entry fee of $150 for cycling or $25 for 5k.
  5. Once you have reached your entry fee goal we will register you for the race.
  6. Continue to raise money to level up your experience and create even more positive change in the Tucson and Southern Arizona community.

HOW DOES AN EVENT POSTPONEMENT AFFECT MY FUNDRAISING?

Depending on when you signed up, it provides you more time to complete your fundraising goal. United Way of Tucson will still cover the cost of your entry into the Tour for the new date or you can choose to apply that registration to the next scheduled Tour (which is permitted by El Tour de Tucson).  As a fundraiser who has met their goals, you will still receive your earned incentives listed when you registered.

 

DO I NEED TO PERSONALIZE MY PAGE?

While you don’t need to personalize your page, participants who create a page with their own photos and reasons why they are fundraising for United Way of Tucson raise more money by showing your own passion. It only takes a few minutes to add a picture and a few words.

 

I AM A RIDE UNITED TEAM MEMBER. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

1) Recruit more people to join the cause and RIDE UNITED, there is no minimum or maximum amount of team members for El Tour de Tucson
2) Encourage other team members to fundraise to meet their goal. You can share information about the impact of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona on your community.
3) Have Fun! Remember, it’s not about how great of a cyclist/runner you are and whether you are riding/running the longest distance, it’s celebrating the impact the money you collected will have on your community!
4) Say THANK YOU! Don’t forget to say thank you to the people who donated to you! Call or e-mail them after the event to let them know how much money you raised and thank them for supporting your local community.

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE A BIKE, CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

Short answer, YES! First of all, any individual can fundraise and receive participant incentives and not ride in the tour, however; the minimum goal of $145 still applies.

In order to ride in El Tour de Tucson Main Event you must have a bike and a helmet. Because you are registering and fundraising for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, you may be eligible for a loaner bicycle through Uphill Into The Wind.  For more information visit Uphill Into The Wind Loaner Program.

El Tour also offers a Fun Ride, geared towards families and youth which provides shorter tours.  A bike is still required with a helmet however other modes of travel are welcome.  For more information visit El Tour de Tucson.  Let us know if you choose to participate in this event, it requires a different application.

El Tour de Tucson will continue to allow E-Bikes to participate, exclusively for the 32 Mile.  For more information visit El Tour de Tucson.

El Tour de Tucson has added a NEW 5K Run/Walk entry, that requires no bike or helmet.  For more information visit El Tour de Tucson.

 

WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR EL TOUR DE TUCSON AND PAID THE FEE TO PERIMETER CYCLING, CAN I STILL REGISTER TO FUNDRAISE FOR UNITED WAY OF TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA?

YES, you can still sign up for the Ride United team for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  Let us know if you have already paid the entry fee for the tour to Perimeter Cycling.  Raise the difference ($145) to meet your minimum fundraising goal of $145 and the fees paid to El Tour de Tucson will be acknowledged as a donation to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.  For more information contact Stephanie Goetz at (520) 903-9000 or email Sgoetz@unitedwaytucson.org

 

WHEN DO I CHOOSE HOW MANY MILES I WILL RIDE IN THE TOUR?

You can choose when you register to ride for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona or you can let us know closer to the date of the Tour.  Once you begin your fundraising, you will be provided a link to an online Entry application.  United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona will use the information provided on this application, including your chosen mile, to complete your entry into the Tour.

 

I NEED SOME QUICK IDEAS ON HOW TO FUNDRAISE. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

Tell everyone what you are doing and why! Reach out to friends, family, co-workers, church, clubs, neighbors etc.  And not just on social media! Write a letter, send a greeting card, make a phone call, and share with them face-to-face.  Consider restaurants you frequent and business owners you know that would support your ride and sponsor you.  Perhaps these same businesses would allow you to host a fundraising night where a percentage of purchases support your ride and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Ask your employer if you can have a bake sale at the office and dress down day during the week for donations to your ride. Get creative! Need more help? Give us a call! We’re happy to brainstorm a few ideas with you!

 

HOW CAN I SEE WHO HAS DONATED TO ME?

Sign in to your personal page to view sponsors and donations.

 

CAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY MAKE A DONATION TO ME BY GOING THROUGH THE MAIN WEBSITE?

Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate you by clicking on the “Donate to a Participant” button. By typing in your name, they will be directed to your personalized pledge page.

 

CAN MY SPONSORS PAY BY CASH OR CHECK?

Sure! Most cyclists find it easier to keep track of checks. As you receive donations, mail them to our office at 330 N Commerce Park Loop Tucson, AZ 85745, with attention Jen Wolf. Once received we’ll credit the money to your personal fundraising goal and it will appear on your page.

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY RAISED FROM UNITED WAY OF TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA EL TOUR DE TUCSON GO?

United Way of Tucson focuses on the following impact areas:

The Education Impact Area focuses on improving educational and life outcomes for children, youth, and young adults by advancing equity and excellence in education, ensuring that our community’s children are prepared to enter school ready to learn and succeed; and are in safe places after-school with caring adults.

The Financial Wellness Impact Area focuses on improving the equity of employment and financial wellness outcomes of adults and families for life-long well-being by creating stable and successful families, providing assistance to connect our community’s families to the resources they need to remain self-sufficient and ensuring that their members are safe and free from violence.

The Healthy Communities Impact Area focuses on providing equitable access through education and resources to improve the quality of living and dying for older people and their families.

 

HOW CAN I SEE WHO HAS DONATED TO ME?

Sign in to your personal fundraiser page. You can then view your donor list and the amounts that have been donated.

 

ALL OF MY DONORS ARE NOT SHOWING UP ON THE SCROLL MECHANISM. WHY?

Some donors prefer to keep their gifts anonymous. When someone makes a donation, they can choose if they would like to have their name, donation amount, and/or a message appear on your personal page.

 

IS MY INFORMATION SECURE?

Yes. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona every effort to protect the information collected and provided via the Site from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. We use a variety of security measures to protect your data, including physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards. We incorporate industry-standard security controls (like firewalls) and protocols (like SSL/TLS) to create a site that is resistant to standard internet-based threats. We protect the security of credit card transactions by using only large-scale third-party PCI Compliant credit card processors for the storage and encryption of all credit card data, in addition to encryption of websites directly maintained by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT RAISE THE MINIMUM TO RIDE?

All fundraising cyclists have until November 1st, 2023 to meet the minimum raised of $150 to participate in United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona El Tour de Tucson. All fundraising 5k participants will need to meet the minimum raised of $25. If you are having difficulty reaching your goal please contact Stephanie Goetz at Sgoetz@unitedewaytucson.org.  We appreciate your support and are here to help you be successful!

REGISTER!

Register online, create an account and tell us a little about yourself!

GOAL!

We suggest a $400 fundraising goal to start!

RECRUIT!

Find friends, family and co-workers to help you reach your goals and/or ride with you!

RAISE FUNDS!

Fundraise via email, text, social media or host a special event to help support building a thriving community.

RIDE UNITED!

No matter the level you chose to participate in, there is fun to be had by all! We encourage you to Ride United, Stronger United!

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