Excitement builds for Tour of Long Beach, Bike Festival

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Professional bicyclist, Tony Cruz, challenged pediatric patients, including Emily Sanchez, to a tricycle race at the Long Beach Bike Festival kick-off celebration.

In anticipation of the Long Beach Bike Festival in May, professional cyclist Tony Cruz and Mayor Bob Foster hosted a kick-off event outside of the new pavilion of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach on March 24 to encourage community members to ride their bicycles.

Part of the Long Beach Bike Festival is the Tour of Long Beach, a 33.3-mile bike cruise on May 8 that will take riders through neighborhoods, along the coastline and near popular tourist attractions. The riders will get to experience the best sights that Long Beach has to offer.

Mayor Foster encouraged the crowd to join him in riding the Tour of Long Beach, saying that it is going to be a “great event to get exercise and raise money for a good cause.” Mayor Foster suggests that everyone in Long Beach should “sign-up, volunteer, or help any way that you can.”

Tony challenged four patients of Miller Children’s to a tricycle race in front of the new pavilion. They laughed and enjoyed racing with the 2000 U.S. Olympian. After the event ended, Mayor Foster and Tony visited with several patients and their families. The kick-off event also included representatives from JAX bicycles performing safety checks on any bike.

The Long Beach Bike Festival takes place May 7-9. In addition to the Tour of Long Beach, there will be races, bands, safety demonstrations, a film festival and a variety of other activities. Tony says that the Bike Festival is a great community event because there will be “something for everyone.”

For more information about the Long Beach Bike Festival or to sign up for the Tour of Long Beach go to www.longbeachbikefestival.org.

All of the proceeds of the Bike Festival’s Tour of Long Beach will support the patients and families of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.

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