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“11th Tour de Elizabeth”
Bicycle event highlights Elizabethtown’s 350th Anniversary

Elizabeth, N.J. February 13, 2014“A tale of Two Histories” will be celebrated during the 11th Annual Tour de Elizabeth—the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Elizabethtown, AND the 11th Anniversary of the bicycling event known as the Tour de Elizabeth. The Tour is scheduled rain or shine for Sunday May 18th, 2014. The 15 mile bicycle ride is open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

Based upon its shared commitment of building an environmentally sustainable community, Elizabethtown Gas is partnering with Groundwork Elizabeth to provide key support for this year’s Bicycle Tour. Elizabethtown Gas has a rich history in Elizabeth and has been providing safe and reliable natural gas service since 1855.

This non-competitive cycling event is supported by Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, a host of City agencies and non-profits, community minded sponsors and volunteers, and is escorted by the Elizabeth Police Department through streets closed to the riders. In 1664 Elizabethtown became the first permanent English community in New Jersey. Its boundaries included most of Union County, and parts of Essex County. A myriad of activities are planned for the year long celebration, such as a battle reenactment on March 29th, the 11th Annual Tour de Elizabeth, a Block party celebrating the City’s diversity on June 29th, and a large reenactment of the Battle of Springfield scheduled for mid October. Past, current, and future riders and the public at large are encouraged to seek out the Tour de Elizabeth Facebook site, and post comments, so Tour organizers can continue to make the Tour an exciting and anticipated event.

The bicycle ride begins at 9 a.m. sharp and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Advanced registration is available online at the Groundwork, and City of Elizabeth websites, and riders are encouraged to sign up before May 10th, which has been assigned for the cutoff date for signature t-shirts and/or hats to be distributed to the pre-registrants. Opportunities to sponsor the ride are available by contacting Groundwork.

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