More Than 600 Cyclists Kick Off 11th Annual Tour DaVita in Washington State
The 11th annual Tour DaVita will begin Sunday, Oct. 8 in Monroe, Washington. More than 600 DaVita participants including teammates, family members, physicians and 15 patients will ride this year, making this the largest Tour DaVita to date.
Over three days, riders will cycle nearly 230 miles across Washington State to raise awareness for kidney disease and raise funds to help support medical missions in the United States and abroad through Bridge of Life, a nonprofit organization founded by DaVita. Bridge of Life strives to improve access to dialysis as well as primary care in underserved communities around the world. Bridge of Life also works to prevent kidney disease through early-detection testing and education for adults and children.
To participate in the event, riders each achieved a fundraising goal and paid their own travel expenses. Individual fundraising combined with donations from DaVita and other corporate sponsorships will contribute more than $1.2 million to Bridge of Life.
“For the past ten years, Tour DaVita riders have embraced the ‘Spirit of the Ride’ by pushing themselves to accomplish mileage they may not have thought possible, all while providing tremendous support and encouragement to one another,” said Dave Hoerman, chief wisdom officer for DaVita. “This ride is designed to empower our teammates and patients to reach new heights, mentally and physically, while giving back to the health care community.”
To date, Tour DaVita has helped raise more than $9.8 million for nonprofits dedicated to raising awareness of kidney disease, providing kidney screenings and expanding access to dialysis care and primary care in developing countries.
Tour DaVita agenda:
Oct. 8 – Sunday’s ride begins in the Snoqualmie River Valley, east of Seattle. The route takes riders along quiet country roads in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains and through rolling farmland, ending at Sky River Park. Participants can choose a 60 or 70-mile route.
Oct. 9 – On the second day, riders will cycle north from Snohomish County into the Skagit Valley. Riders can choose a 72 or 101-mile route.
Oct. 10 – On the third and final day, riders will cycle from Burlington through fields and forests and onto Samish Island, which offers views of the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. Riders will cover 58 miles.