Join the team
Tour of Lawrence organizers seek volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, from assisting with registrations to setting up courses and serving as marshals.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Bob Sanner at 856-5302 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer information also will be available soon at the race Web site, TourofLawrence.com.
Children, start your pedals.
As part of this summer’s Tour of Lawrence cycling event, July 2-4, area children and youth will line up once again for a Kids’ Race, the community’s biggest pint-sized competition on two wheels.
Kiddos will ride their Big Wheels, tricycles, training wheels and other self-propelled vehicles on parts of the same course used by some of the region’s fastest adults.
Last year’s tour drew 317 professionals for the pulsating 200-meter Street Sprints, white-knuckle Downtown Criterium and elevation-adjusting KU Campus Circuit Race.
Those races are back, along with the crowd-pleasing Kids’ Race that saw nearly 200 youngsters walk, push and pedal their way to the finish a year ago.
“We’ve got something for everybody,” said Bob Sanner, sports marketing director for the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I can tell everyone with a straight face that we had at least 4,000 spectators downtown. For the Kids’ Race alone, the number of parents, grandparents and older siblings alone was just staggering.
“We were just overwhelmed — actually, we were run over, but that’s great. There’s enough interest on the community’s part that we need to do more.”
The events surrounding this year’s tour — a pro-am sanctioned by USA Cycling — are expanding beyond cycling to include the first “Mass. Street Mile,” a run sponsored by Garry Gribble’s Running Sports.