With input from Public Health Officials and Tucson Medical Center, our team has made the difficult decision to cancel the 22nd Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center.
At the onset of our planning in August, America’s response to the pandemic appeared to be taking a turn for the better. Our behaviors as a population, with reduced positivity rates month-on-month, served as an indication of the ability to provide a safe environment for a multi-day event experience in February 2021.
But then, the arrival of the holidays brought a steady escalation of cases, hospitalizations and mortality. Despite our best efforts to mitigate risk as outlined in our COVID management plan, the public health crisis now poses too great of a risk for 2,000 participants, staff, and volunteers to gather in 24 Hour Town.
Today, Arizona is averaging a 13.3% positivity rate; the 10% threshold public health officials cautioned us about has been surpassed and is expected to be sustained into the event window this February.
Although our event cancelation policy provides the option to receive 75% of your entry fees back or to defer 75% of your entry fee to the 2022 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, instead, we are going to do all of the following:
- Refund 75% of the entry fee to all team captains
- Refund 100% of waiver processing and team modification fees collected
- Provide a 25% discount off of registration into the 2022 #24HOP
Mark your calendar: This discounted registration opportunity for team captains will be held Wednesday, September 1 – Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
- All refunds will be processed by Sunday, January 31st
As shared previously, it means the world to us that you trusted Epic Rides to attempt to produce a safe covid-era #24HOP. And, we’re beyond sorry that it’s no longer a viable option. While we are determined to survive this period when large gatherings are not able to do so safely, right now our greatest concern is for the non-profit organizations we raise funds for. This time is particularly challenging for them too.
If you’re in a position to donate to a 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center event beneficiary, please choose from the list below and click thru to give.
- Bag It – We educate, empower, and connect cancer patients and their caregivers with the right information, right when they need it most.
- Tri-Community Food Bank – A member of the Arizona Food Bank Network (AzFBN), the Tri-Community Food Bank is 1 of 5 regional food banks and nearly 1,000 food pantries and agencies, working together to address hunger in Arizona. Each month this network helps feed more than 450,000 food insecure people in all 15 counties in Arizona.
- Cascade Foundation – Our mission is focused on providing a local support system for the bleeding disorder community in Southern Arizona.
- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists – Work to build, maintain, and protect multi-use singletrack and mountain bike trail access in the greater Tucson, AZ region.
- Arizona Trail Association – The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 800 diverse miles across Arizona from View in browser Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people.
- Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League – Building Strong Mind, Body and Character Through Interscholastic Cycling.
- Southern Arizona Rescue Association – A non-profit corporation coordinating five all-volunteer local search and rescue groups serving the Tucson metropolitan area, Pima County and southern Arizona.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in February 2022!
See ya trailside,
The Crew at Epic Rides