Registration is now open for the 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees’ first-ever Ride for Research (R4R), a one-day bike ride to be held July 24 to benefit the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund. The Ride for Research is a 35-mile recreational ride through Chicago’s scenic western suburbs, with stops at the world-renowned Fermilab and Morton Arboretum research facilities, to raise awareness and money for tree research, education and scholarships.
More than 100 local riders are expected to join 65 STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists for the R4R, cycling the final leg of the 2010 Tour together. The R4R departs at 8 a.m. from the Holiday Inn Select in Naperville and finishes up around 2 p.m. at The Morton Arboretum where the International Tree Climbing Competition is being held. A $75 registration fee covers lunch, T-shirt, rider support, admission to the arboretum and a tax-deductable donation to the TREE Fund. Registration is available at www.stihltourdestrees.org until July 17.
The STIHL Tour des Trees is the TREE Fund’s signature fundraising event, and America’s largest fundraiser for tree research and education. Proceeds from the 2010 Tour and the R4R will fund the scientific research, education and scholarship programs administered by the TREE Fund. Over the past decade, the Tour has raised more than $4.4 million for the TREE Fund, with nearly half a million dollars raised last year alone. This money supports a wide array of research projects ranging from improved disease- and pest-control methods to development of technologies that will improve the survival rate of newly-planted urban trees. The TREE Fund also supports research aimed at creating a safer work environment for tree care professionals.
The 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees is a seven day, 500-mile ride beginning July 18 at Chicago’s spectacular Millennium Park. This year’s “Chicago Loop Tour” will show off some of northern Illinois’ top attractions and most beautiful scenery before looping back to Naperville, home of the TREE Fund, where it will meet up with the R4R cyclists.
Sponsors of the 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees include Title Sponsor STIHL Inc., Crown Sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts, TREE Fund Partners Asplundh Tree Expert Co. and KASK Helmets, Gold Leaf Sponsors Ameren, Rainbow Tree Care Scientific Advancements and Wright Tree Care, and Silver Leaf Sponsors APS, Collier Arbor Care, ComEd, Gamma Tree Experts, ITC Holdings, Lewis Tree Service, National Grid, Navistar, The Care of Trees, UUSCO and West Coast Arborists. Corporate sponsorships offset the cost of food, housing and logistics along the Tour route so that funds raised by riders go directly toward research.
For more information, to register for the Ride for Research, or to support a rider, please visit www.stihltourdestrees.org.