Ride to End Polio Founder, Michael J. Harris

Welcome to the 2021 Michael J. Harris Rotary District 5500 Ride to End Polio Presented by the Rotary International Fellowship Cycling to Serve. We are off to a bit of a late start, but we are catching up. We are working on plans for our pre-ride dinner and our fellowship booth at the finish line.

District 5500 is pleased to welcome the Rotary International Fellowship Cycling to Serve as our inaugural 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 with their designation for 2021 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 was able to enroll Polio Plus as one of many non-profit beneficiaries to participate in El Tour de Tucson. Fast forward to 2021 and the Ride to End Polio, assisted by the Gates Foundation two-to-one match has raised almost $60 million to aid in Rotary’s fight to end polio.

This year’s Ride to End Polio will be held on Saturday, November 20. Cyclists can choose from distances of 28, 57 or 100. miles along completely new routes that offer safer riding conditions and a more rural feel as we head south from the start. For more information on El Tour de Tucson, please visit Perimeter’s El Tour de Tucson web page here.