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300 participate in 4th Annual Tour de Shawnee

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300 bicyclist participated in the race (Source: Mike Mohundro) 300 bicyclist participated in the race (Source: Mike Mohundro)
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ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

Around 300 riders participated in the 4th Annual Tour de Shawnee on Saturday.

According to Evelyn Caldwell, President of Alexander County Tourism, half of the money raised goes to Alexander County tourism and half to Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, Inc. (SIDEZ).

The event started at the Horseshoe Lake, Illinois Community Center and offered 15, 30 (hilly), 30 (flat), 45, 62 and 100 mile distances, routes for all ages and levels of experience.

Organizers say hundreds of cyclists from all over the Midwest and beyond tour through the Shawnee National Forest, Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area and the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys during the height of the fall color display.

Riders received an event bag full of goodies, a chance for attendance prizes and a commemorative event T-shirt.   

Local organizations sponsored seven unique rest stops that offer food, fluids and facilities for participating cyclists.

The Tour de Shawnee is organized by Alexander County Tourism and Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, Inc. (SIDEZ) for charitable purposes. ACT will use its portion of the proceeds to promote tourism and cycling in Alexander County.

SIDEZ will use its portion of the proceeds to endow the Willard Murrie Scholarship to be awarded annually to a Shawnee Community College student with an exemplary record of voluntary service to the community.

The Tour de Shawnee is a community event made possible by dozens of volunteers and cash and in-kind donations from local businesses.

Online: www.tourdeshawnee.org.

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