Tour of the Litch­field Hills set for Aug. 6

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS -

TORRINGTON » The north­west cor­ner’s an­nual “Tour of the Litch­field Hills” Cy­cling Event will cel­e­brate its 14th year re­turn­ing to Torrington’s Coe Me­mo­rial Park on Sun­day, Aug. 6, to ben­e­fit the Can­cer Care Fund of the Litch­field Hills, Inc.

In the past 13 years, the event has hosted more than 13,000 par­tic­i­pants and spon­sors who have raised more than $1 mil­lion in dona­tions. All funds raised through this event are used to pro­vide sup­port for can­cer pa­tients re­sid­ing in or re­ceiv­ing treat­ment in north­west Con­necti­cut.

The Can­cer Care Fund of the Litch­field Hills is a non­profit 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.

A vol­un­teer com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing the event that be­gins meet­ing in Jan­uary. It is a group of loyal sup­port­ers who know what they have to do and when they have to do it and have been work­ing to­gether for many years to make this the suc­cess­ful event it has be­come.

“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 to have helped sup­port res­i­dents in need for the 13 years and look for­ward to many more,” said Dr. Matt Pagano, chair­man of the Tour Plan­ning Com­mit­tee.

This cy­cling char­ity ride con­sists of 12, 30, 55, 75, and 100-mile routes. There are also 2.4, 4.2 and 6 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.

There is a reg­is­tra­tion fee of $45 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 $45 reg­is­tra­tion fee is re­quired by each Team mem­ber (waived for each team mem­ber rais­ing $100 or more), re­gard­less of the amount the team raises. All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a Tshirt 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. To ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion, maps, and an on-line reg­is­tra­tion form, or visit w w w.tourofthe­litch­field­hills.com or con­tact Dr. Matt Pagano at 860-3793372.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Tour of the Litch­field Hills will be held in Torrington on Aug. 6.

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