Tour de Houston presented by Apache Corporation cruises throughout the Bayou City
Ride Benefiting City’s Reforestation Program Scheduled For Sunday, March 16
Mayor Annise Parker and Senator Rodney Ellis will ride along with participants in the 2014 Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation. Cyclists will line up at City Hall on Sunday, March 16, as the bike ride kicks off to benefit the Re-Plant Houston Program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The ride begins at City Hall at 7:00 a.m. and all riders will finish at City Hall by 1:30 p.m.
“This annual bike ride has become a Houston tradition in our city, thanks to our public and private partnership with Apache Corporation,” said Mayor Annise Parker. “Semi-professional riders as well as families and leisure bike riders will continue to enjoy the city’s premier recreational biking event while replenishing our city’s trees. I look forward to seeing everyone at the finish line!”
“As title sponsor and as host of the first rest stop for Tour de Houston, Apache is honored to have the riders cycle past our company headquarters in the Galleria area,” said Roger Plank, Apache’s President and Chief Corporate Officer. “This is a great event that benefits the city’s reforestation efforts and encourages healthy living. Since 2005, Apache has awarded nearly 3.7 million trees to cities throughout the United States and of these, more than 100,000 have been planted in Houston parks to restore arbor life.”
With three distance options, the Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is the perfect outdoor event for all cyclist levels, from the leisure rider to cycling competitors, and is a recommended BP MS150 training ride. The distance options include a 60-mile route starting at 7:30 a.m., a 40-mile route at 8 a.m. and a 20-mile route at 8:30 a.m. (estimated miles). The event is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants. Along the route, riders will find fully-stocked rest stops, mechanical support, police and medical support. The ride will culminate with a post-ride party for participants and volunteers with live music and lunch for all registrants at City Hall. All registrants will receive a Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation t-shirt.
Advance registration ends Monday, Feb. 17 at midnight and is $30 per adult rider. Registration from Tuesday, February 18 to Wednesday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m. is $35 per adult. You may register onsite on the day of the ride, March 16 for $40 per adult – CASH ONLY. Children 12 and under are $20 each. More details including packet pick-up and schedules for pre-registered riders can be found at www.tourdehouston.org.
Sponsors include: Title Sponsor Apache Corporation, Michelob Ultra, My Fit Foods, Sun & Ski Sports, Southwest Airlines®, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, The Eagle, 106.9/107.5, The New 93Q, Country Legends, 97.1, KSBJ-God Listens, BPMS150, Houston Avocado Company, Sparkletts, Propel, Houston Parks Board, Sang Sang Printing, Great American Cookie Company and multiple City Departments. The event is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Funds raised will benefit the city’s reforestation program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call 832.393.0868.