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2008 Tour of Elk Grove grows

The third annual Tour of Elk Grove in Illinois intends to grow for 2008 by adding one day and more prize money. Slated for August 1 through August 3, the race will move from two to three days. Prize money will also increase from US$200,000 to $225,000. The professional men will calim $170,000 of the total, with the winner taking home $28,000.

A 4.5 mile individual time trial, a new 150km road race, and a criterium will make up the weekend of racing. Spectators will be treated to two nights of live concerts and fireworks and a new weekend-long children's festival.

"In our third year we're very excited to broaden the scope and fun at the Tour of Elk Grove for both riders and the community-at-large to enjoy," said Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson. For the first time, the Tour of Elk Grove will have a beneficiary. The mayor designated the Soldiers Memorial Fund which provides scholarships for graduating high school students and financial assistance to the Hearts of the Marines Foundation. The Foundation serves all branches of US military personnel who are currently serving and have special needs.

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