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Tour de Gastown to raise funds for cancer research

Organisers of the 26th Annual Tour de Gastown, in combination with other events, held on July 19 will again donate all funds to BC Cancer Foundation. Last year $100,000 was raised.

The event begins with a family bike festival and then a 1.2 km race through the district's historic cobblestone streets, where over 180 elite racers will compete for over $15,000 dollars in prize money.

"The Tour de Gastown has become a great fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation," said foundation president and CEO Mary McNeil. "It is an exciting way to celebrate some of the world's best athletes and support a major local cause and we are proud to be part of this prestigious event."

The Tour de Gastown is the centerpiece of BC Superweek. The event attracts many of the top racers in North America. Large crowds are expected - last year over 35,000 people turned out for race day. Past winners of the Tour de Gastown include seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Gord Fraser, Gina Grain and North Vancouver's Allison Sydor.

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