Tour of Utah mourns loss of executive director

Terry McGinnis passed away on Saturday after prolonged battle with cancer

Terry McGinnis, executive director of the Tour of Utah, passed away on Saturday after a prolonged battle with cancer.

"Terry was the heart and soul of the Tour and will be missed. His passion for the race was a deciding factor in the success of the event," said Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah. "All of us on the staff as well as friends of the race will miss him dearly and will do all that we can to continue the event in his honor and make him proud."

McGinnis was with the Tour of Utah for four years in different capacities. In 2006 he was a radio commentator, in 2007 he served as a consultant to Chairman Greg Miller and in 2008-09 he held the executive director position.

As executive director, McGinnis hired key personnel, designed the course, acted as liaison with USA Cycling, secured sponsors and merchandise partners, selected teams to invite, and oversaw marketing and public relations efforts.

McGinnis raced for more than 20 years, spending 10 of those as at the Category 1 level. He was forced to retire from racing in 2007 due to cancer, but he continued to ride recreationally as his health allowed.

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