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Tour De Keuka

Tour de Keuka is an annual charity bike ride that benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

What is the VIRTUAL
Tour de Keuka?

Tour de Keuka is an annual charity bike ride that benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Taking place in New York’s Finger Lakes region, participants begin the ride in Hammondsport and travel around stunning Keuka Lake. 

This year, as COVID-19 casts uncertainly over business as usual, we are taking Tour de Keuka online, challenging our community to set a goal to ride, run, or walk any distance while raising funds for our neighbors in need.

One in 8 people in the Southern Tier struggle with hunger. Every virtual cyclist raises enough funds to provide at least 450 meals for people in need in the Southern Tier, making a direct and significant impact on the life of a real child, senior or family.

FAQs

Q: What's new this year?

A: It’s VIRTUAL!

Participants choose their distance and complete it at their own pace by Saturday, July 18. Choose from: 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600-Mile Options

 

You pick your means of transportation (cycling, running, walking, etc.), whenever and wherever you choose … Train up over a period of three months to complete the mileage you register for or complete the distance anywhere you choose. OR, compete the total distance cumulatively over the three-month period, indoors or outdoors.

Q: Can I participate as a team?

A: Yes! The registration form will prompt you to enter your optional team name at the bottom. If you’ve already registered, contact us at or 607.796.6061 to be added to a team.

Q: How many people can be on my team?

A: There is no team minimum or maximum! Invite as many people as you’d like to join your team.

Q: How does fundraising work?

A: Tour de Keuka is a fundraising event and all participants must meet the fundraising minimums.

 

  • $150 minimum fundraising goal for 18 and older
  • $60 minimum fundraising goal for children 5-17 years old

Participants who raise $150 in donations through our Everydayhero online earn a Tour de Keuka t-shirt.

Participants who raise $350 in donations earn a Tour de Keuka cycling jersey.

Q: Can I fundraise as a team? How do team donations work?

A: Unfortunately, teams cannot create one team fundraising page on Everydayhero. However, each team member can create an individual fundraising page and encourage donors to give to multiple members of the same team. Each individual team member raises at least $150 to participate.

Fundraising FAQs

Q: Can I fundraise as a team? How do team donations work?

A: Unfortunately, teams cannot create one team fundraising page on Everydayhero. However, each team member can create an individual fundraising page and encourage donors to give to multiple members of the same team. Each individual team member has to raise at least $150 to participate.

Q: Who do I make my donation check out to?

A: Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Thank you!

Q: How do I add cash and check donations to my Everydayhero page?

A: Mail or drop off all cash and check donations to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The Food Bank will add the donations to your Everydayhero page as an offline donation.

Q: When will I receive the Tour de Keuka jersey/T-Shirt I earned through fundraising?

A:

Tour de Keuka Jersey and T-Shirt

A custom coupon code will be sent to your email address for you to use to claim your jersey/t-shirt in the Tour de Keuka online store. All apparel items are expected to arrive at your doorstep approximately three weeks after you place your order. To receive a jersey/t-shirt, all riders must order through this online store.

*This jersey change has been made to save staff time and postage so more of donations raised can go toward meals for our neighbors in need.

Tour de Keuka 2020 has been made possible with support from these sponsors:

Stories from the Road: #WhyIRide

Randy & Jenny Rhoads - Riding In Memory of Jenny Rhoads
Randy & Jenny Rhoads - Riding In Memory of Jenny Rhoads

Jenny and her husband, Randy, became the chairs of Tour de Keuka in 2003 as a way to share their love of cycling, promote the beauty of the Finger Lakes, and give back to the community. In that time, Tour de Keuka has raised more than $500,000 for area charities.

The Food Bank became the beneficiary of Tour de Keuka in 2015. Because of Jenny and Randy’s hard work, Tour de Keuka expanded and we’ve been able to feed many more people with the funds raised each year. This wouldn’t have been possible without Jenny and Randy’s leadership.

Jenny passed in February 2017 but Randy is still an ardent Tour de Keuka champion. In 2018, he completed a 50-day, 3,800-mile coast-to-coast ride to raise awareness and donations for Food Bank hunger relief efforts.

Ken Ryan - Riding for a Healthy Heart
Ken Ryan - Riding for a Healthy Heart

Ken, has been cycling for more than10 years. In all that time, the only thing that kept him away from his bike was mitral valve repair surgery—and he credits his quick post-surgery recovery to cycling. “Cycling has helped me to think healthier, eat healthier, and just take care of myself,” Ken says.

Ken has ridden in Tour de Keuka since 2016, with a goal to feed as many people as possible. Ken relied on food pantries, so he understands first-hand how great the need is. “Stopping hunger is the main reason I’m participating in Tour de Keuka; to raise money so that families and children in the community have enough food.”

Stacey Esslinger - Riding for Family and Happy Bellies
Stacey Esslinger - Riding for Family and Happy Bellies

Cycling is a family affair for Stacey Esslinger, husband Jason, and daughter Eliza. Stacy hadn’t ridden a bike since high school, but she started cycling in 2015 when her husband, Jason, began biking to work. “He eventually added a bike seat for Eliza to go on rides with him, and pretty soon they wanted me to come along also,” says Stacey. “It seemed like a great, healthy family activity.”

Their family participated in the Tour de Keuka Family Ride in 2016, and they’re proof that cycling with children is a great way to spend time together. “Although Eliza makes the ride a bit more work, it’s a lot of fun with her on the bike,” explains Stacey. “I might be thinking about the road and trying not to hit any bumps, but she is just announcing the view and enjoying everything she sees!” Stacey, Jason and Eliza’s team is Felicem Ventri, which means “happy belly” in Latin.

Margaret Johnson, Avid Cyclist and former Tour de Keuka committee member
Margaret Johnson, Avid Cyclist and former Tour de Keuka committee member

Margaret has been a cyclist for many years and first participated in Tour de Keuka in 2015 after a friend encouraged her to to get involved Prior to that, Margaret was actively involved with other local rides. She loves the feeling of freedom and happiness that cyclist gives her. She became a Tour de Keuka committee member in 2017, providing marketing and outreach assistance to help more riders like her, as well as younger cyclists, come out and join.

When asked why she supports the Food Bank, Margaret shares, “I am the grandchild of a nutritionist, and healthy food was always a big deal for my family growing up. My parents set a great example of being active in addressing human needs in the community. Also, as a professional program evaluator, I admire the effectiveness of the Food Bank model. I’m impressed by the research that says it works better, more efficiently than other ways to fight hunger.”

Margaret looks forward to riding in Tour de Keuka each year with her son Nathan and is a vocal fan of the ride to anyone she meets. “I thought if I’d seen one Finger Lake, I’d seen them all, but not so. Keuka is a real gem! I hope more and more people in the Food Bank’s service area will come enjoy this beautiful ride.” Thank you, Margaret!

For questions or more information email tourdekeuka@foodbankst.org or call 607.796.6061

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