Ride to End Polio Founder, Michael J. Harris

Welcome to the 2023 Michael J. Harris Rotary District 5500 Ride to End Polio Presented by the Rotary International Fellowship Cycling to Serve.

District 5500 is pleased to once again welcome the Rotary International Fellowship Cycling to Serve as our Presenting Sponsor. For many years, the Fellowship has supported the ride financially and they have adopted the Ride to End Polio as their signature event. We appreciate and recognize their efforts to support the ride once again with their designation for 2023 as our Presenting Sponsor. We look forward to many more years of working together to end polio worldwide, and to support other Rotary efforts into the future.

In 2009, after years of discussion with Perimeter Bicycling, Mike Harris was able to enroll Polio Plus as one of many non-profit beneficiaries to participate in El Tour de Tucson. Fast forward to 2023 and the Ride to End Polio, assisted by the Gates Foundation two-to-one match has raised more than $60 million to aid in Rotary’s fight to end polio, one of if not THE single largest fund raiser in the history of Rotary.

This year’s Ride to End Polio will be held on Saturday, November 18 and once again features new routes aimed to make the ride safer and more enjoyable. Cyclists can choose from distances of 102, 63, or 32. mile distances. For more information on El Tour de Tucson, please visit Perimeter’s El Tour de Tucson web page here. For more information on the routes for 2023 please visit this page. We will update our web pages as new information becomes available.