Big support for Tour of the Gila

After last week announcing that the Tour of the Gila 2009 may not happen, event organiser Jack Brennan announced that the race will continue this season. It's welcome news for the local community, and despite financial difficulties, the 23d edition of this race will be held from April 29 to May 3, 2009. The prize list will be reduced by 15 per cent for all categories, and the search for a title sponsor continues.

Brennan said in a statement that, "Since the announcement that the race was facing financial difficulties, which might force cancellation of this year’s event, we have been gratified by the outpouring of support from the local community, and the racing community at large. Many people have stepped forward to help make up the financial shortfall.

"We have been inundated with calls from racers who want to know how they can help the race continue. If you want to help and can’t afford to contribute then the next best thing you can do is come to the race, and bring as many friends as possible. The money raised from entry fees will be vital to meeting this year’s budget."

All those interested in contributing to the race at any level should contact Jack Brennan via email.

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