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El Grupo Spring Scavenger Hunt

  • Enjoy some fantastic family fun in the Old Pueblo. The classic fun of an around-town scavenger hunt, but all completed on the bike and using a PAPER map.

    • This year we will allow E-Bikes.

    • NO cell phones are allowed.

    • Register as an adult group of 2 to 4 riders ages 14 and up,

    • Or, register the whole family (riding with a child under 14) and do half the number of required stations.

    • Station routes will be within a 3-mile radius around the central/downtown area of Tucson.

    • Start and finish at the El Grupo Clubhouse: 610 N 9th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705.

    • Adult groups will check in at 8:00 am and begin their race 8:30 am.

    • Family teams will check in at 8:30 am and begin their journey at 9:00 am.

    • ALL participants must be back at the clubhouse by 11:30 am.

    • Costumes/Themed Teams Encouraged.

    After the hunt, please stay and join us for lunch (included with registration), music, awards, and some prizes/raffles.

    All proceeds to benefit El Grupo Youth Cycling programs.

FUNd Raising For El Tour De Tucson Beneficiaries

Click Here to make a donation that will be split among all the charities Below are links to each individual charity. Questions? Call or text me. 520-977-5664

For the past decade, I’ve been capturing images of our community.  Along the way, I have had the great fortune of meeting people  dedicated to making our community better.  While I was initially just fueled by serving the cycling world, I have also become deeply moved by a commitment to helping others. Tucson is a better place because of our volunteerism and our non-profits.

With that in mind, I have a two part challenge to FUNd Raising for ALL of the El Tour De Tucson Charities in 2018.

First, I am going to be riding and raising funds for EVERY beneficiary. Below, I’ll be adding links so you can help me in this endeavor.  El Tour has been very generous to me by waiving their fees, so 100% of the money I raise will be going to the charities.

Second, I want to encourage everyone to ride for a charity. Many of them provide free entrance into El Tour, training rides, dinner before the ride,  bikes, and lots of good times. In order to help you, I’ll be sharing videos of highlighting the works of each organization.  My hope is that you can find something that speaks to your heart.

For more information, please see some of the press clippings about the ride from 2017  Tucson.com Article

As much as I’d appreciate a donation, I’d prefer you register to ride for one of the charities yourself.  A nice bonus for you is each charity has “goodies” they give back to those who ride and raise funds. One charity, Uphill into the Wind, will even provide you with a bike to use in the event if you do not have one. Many have cycling jerseys or kits, some have professional coaches, and group rides. Each one is different, but all include an entry into El Tour De Tucson and an event shirt.

Talking about group training rides, if you are looking for people your speed to share a spin, then check out my ride list  – simply send an email to Damion@damionalexander.com, with “ride list” in the comments, and I will happily add you to the email list.

As I register for each charity, I will be adding additional charities and links on this page and adding blogs on bikepilgrim.com with more details of what each of these charities do in the region. If you want to donate to one of the other charities I have not registered for yet, let me know and it will sign up for it next.

At the bottom of this post are all the charities. If you would prefer to send a check, please specify the charity, and mail to Long Realty Co.  Attn:Damion Alexander 1890 E River Rd. Tucson AZ. 85718

To watch a video on ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis         https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/234382493922975/

Watch a video on Alzheimer’s Association         https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/264180034227815/

To watch a video of Arizona Justice Project   https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/1527316940703714/

To Make a donation to Arizona’s Children Association Click this link https://el-tour-de-tucson.everydayhero.com/us/damion-alexander-for-arizona-s-children-association  To see a long video about Arizona’s Children Association Click this link https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=qvv0767iKrU A shorter video https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/280584425888184/

To make a donation to Arts Express click this linkhttps://www.mightycause.com/story/Xd6wjf                                                                             Video of Arts Express from Loop the Loop Event  To see a short video about what Arts Express does check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEpzDmkf970 

BICAS – Make a donation by clicking here https://bicas.org/CiviCRM/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/pcp/info&reset=1&id=4 .  Chick here for the  BICAS Video

To Make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters Click this link   https://tucsonbigs.salsalabs.org/eltourdetucsonbigrideforkids/p/damionalexandersfundraisingpage/index.html                                                Watch a video on Big Brother Big Sisters at  https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/2150582644966619/

To Make a donation to Beads of Courage Click this link https://beadsofcourage.z2systems.com/np/clients/beadsofcourage/donation.jsp?campaign=167&fundraiser=22262

To make a donation to Children’s Clinics https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/childrens-clinics-tucsonTo watch a video on Children’s Clinics   https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/719025478452638/

To Make a donation to Easterseals Blake Foundation Click this link  http://es.easterseals.com/site/TR/Events/AZTUBlakeFoundation?px=5060905&pg=personal&fr_id=3924                                                                  See a video about what Easter Seals does          https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/2070850012937172/

To Make a donation to El Grupo Youth Cycling Click this https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/ElGrupoYouthCycling/eltour18.html

To Make a donation to The Epilepsy Foundation Click this link https://epilepsyfoundation.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donate.event&eventID=595                                                             To See a video about the Epilepsy foundation      https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/2258645714206972/

To make a donation to Free Ever After click here https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/free-ever-after  To watch a video about Free Ever After            https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/719025478452638/

Watch a video of Fiends of Aphasia          https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/264317674086087/

Watch a Video on Friends of Pima Animal Care Center   https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/2161177927486100/

Watch a video on Keeping Teachers Teaching               https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/296040744544227/

To make a donation to Look Save A Life click this link  https://runsignup.com/Race/35544/Donate/9UU1pkOfqYHcysSQ

To Make a donation to Pima Animal Care Center Click this link  https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/damion-alexanders-ride-with-the-pacc/damionalexander2

To watch a Video about Mobile Meals.   https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/272892233551392/

To watch a video on Rotary       https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/308412103081867/

Watch a video on Southern Arizona Gender Alliance               https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/232269124305991/

To Make a donation to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center Click this https://saintehc.networkforgood.com/projects/56871-damion-alexander-s-fundraiser

To make a donation to Tu Nidito click this link https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/damion-alexander/2018  Click here to see What Tu Nidito Does.

To make a donation to Uphill Into The Wind click this link  https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/uphill-into-the-winds-2018-el-tour-de-tucson-campaign                                                             To see a video on Uphill into the Wind   https://www.facebook.com/228735085153/videos/589200354831835/

Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
Arts Express
Arizona’s Childrens Association

AZ Multi Housing Foundation
Beads Of Courage
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Boys & Girls Clubs
Cakes for Causes
Children’s Clinics
Easterseals Blake Foundation

El Grupo Youth Cycling
Epilepsy Foundation
Free Ever After
Friends of Pima Animal Care Center

Gabriel’s Angel’s
Habitat for Humanity
INTO Africa
Look! Save a Life
Mobile Meals So. A
Rotary – Polio Plus
Shay’s Vision
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
St. Elizabeth’s Health Center 

The Haven
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services
Uphill Into the Wind



Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday. It is so much better in my opinion than Black Friday.  It gives us a chance to look around, take stock of what matters to us and help others.

Personally, I get that times have been a little challenging for so many of us and that just paying the bills and fulfilling our own household obligations are sometimes hard enough and to think of investing in our community may not be at the top of the list.

However, please think of that passion you have, for whatever it may be,  and look at how you can make that part of the community better.

This past week I matched funds up to $5,000 for the Arizona Trail at the Business Builder Bike Ride . Most everyone in attendance stepped up and donated $3,700. That made the total $7,400.  I’ll extend my match to try and get to a total of $10,000 before the end of the month.  If you make a donation, let me know, so I can add to my share.

Perhaps being outside and in Nature is not your passion, and that creating a community of acceptance, support, and understanding regarding children in grief will motivate you. Each year, Tu Nidito supports approximately 800 children and their families through one-on-one and group-based services. You can donate here. (I’m still $209.00 short on my fundraising goal for El Tour and would personally appreciate assistance on this one) http://tunidito.kintera.org/faf/help/helpAboutOrg.asp?ievent=1151472&lis=1&kntae1151472=E5C77485F0654F8F89384B9FA991276E

I know many of you are cyclist and having safe roads matters.  Consider Look! Save a Life.  http://www.looksavealife.org/ .  Click Donate I the top corner or buy a jersey.  Just having the image on the road and sharing the message matters.

I’m a big fan of El Grupo Youth Cycling myself. Is there anything as good as supporting the future of your obsession passion. http://www.elgrupocycling.org/donate/

Do you like to get a little back when you are giving and motivate yourself at the same time.  Consider registering for The Tour De Cure.  You can help fund diabetes camps for kids, education, and research while riding your bike, being with friends, eating and drinking beer.  WIN/WIN/WIN!


If you are low on funds, there are many other another option.  The Endurance Project needs donations for their Christmas Morning Giveaway.  I know I’ve been feeling the chill in the air, can you imagine what it would be like sleeping outside tonight.  There is a drop off box for donations in most bike shops around town as well as one in my Long Realty Office at 1890 E River Road.

Also, make a commitment to give some time this season.  I had an ask from Health South for singers to come entertain the patients. The Salvation Army always needs bell ringers.

Next year, my goal is to raise $35,000 for the 35th El Tour De Tucson and split the funds among the 60 plus beneficiaries.  I’m very excited to meet with each of these charities throughout the year so I can learn how each provides a needed service in the community and to help my friends find where they can invest in Southern Arizona.  If you are having trouble figuring out how you can help out, I am happy to pair you with an organization that will match your passion.

Tucson Heart and Stroke Walk

All of the photos from the Tucson Heart and Stroke walk will be posted on this page.  You may need to refresh the page to see the new albums.  My goal is to get them all posted this week, but I still have the Tour De Mesa photos as well as a busy week at work.

CLICK HERE for album 1

CLICK HERE for album 2

CLICK HERE for album 3

These photos are a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together. All I ask in return is that you remember I’m A REALTOR. If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships. However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep The Damion Alexander Team in mind. Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call. My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends. The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the community. For example: these photos.


Ride on,
Damion Alexander

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520-977-5664 damion@damionalexander.com


Tu Nidito Ride for a Child

Launched in 2008, Ride for a Child is a special fundraising program that pairs El Tour cyclists with Tu Nidito children whose lives have been impacted by serious illness or the death of someone they love.

Participating cyclists pledge to raise $500 or more for Tu Nidito as part of their El Tour ride. Each Ride for a Child cyclist rides and fundraises in honor of a specific Tu Nidito child, putting a face and story to their fundraising effort and Tu Nidito’s mission. With the support of Ride for a Child cyclists, who raise over $100,000 for Tu Nidito annually, we can realize our vision of a community where no child grieves alone.

As part of the Ride for a Child program, cyclists receive…

• The story and photo of a Tu Nidito child to ride for,
• Free entry into the 31st El Tour (paid by Tu Nidito),
• A Ride for a Child jersey,
• A customizable fundraising webpage,
• An El Tour event t-shirt and poster,
• Regular Ride for a Child group rides,
• And the satisfaction of supporting a Tu Nidito child when it matters most.

Personally, I have been a part of the Ride For A Child program and a supporter of Tu Nidito for the past five years. No other organization has touched me as deeply as Tu Nidito. In addition to doing good for a wonderful cause, it has also been a great opportunity to bond with other cyclist in Tucson. Register now at http://www.tunidito.org/register-online