Take a Tour this Thanksgiving // Marilyn Cadenbach

While some of us may be taking a tryptophan tour on our couches with second helpings of turkey, my dear friend Courtney Chambers and her husband Steve Boehmke will be taking a different Tour de Tryptophan.

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, Tour de Tryptophan is a 24-hour fundraiser in Fullerton, CA for cycling enthusiasts who want to give back to the local community. Steve started the annual event when he and his mountain biking friends decided they wanted to find a way to celebrate the mountain bike and give money to a good cause.

“It was also a good excuse for friends to come together to have fun,” Courtney, who has become one of the lead organizers, said.

Over the years, the money collected has been given to different charities or individuals — from cancer research to Wheels4Life to those suffering under the crushing weight of medical expenses. This year Courtney said the money will go to a Fullerton local who suffered a recent spinal injury.
Don’t worry, you haven’t missed your chance to join the Tour. All it takes to enter is buying a T-shirt or sweatshirt on-site, with many participants joining throughout the 24-hour experience.

Take a Tour this Thanksgiving // Marilyn CadenbachThough the turnout varies from year to year, a solid 30-40 people participate.

“The biggest turnout we’ve had was 150 people and that was because we were raising money for my friend’s son, who was diagnosed with cancer,” Courtney said. “So many people gathered, whether they were riding bikes or not. For that 6-year-old little boy, he couldn’t believe the amount of people who came out just to say ‘Hello.’ That year truly was the epitome of our purpose of helping others.”

Event sign up takes place on-site. Starting at noon on Friday at the Fullerton courthouse and going until noon the following day, the fun, charitable cause may also be a great way to burn off those Thanksgiving calories!

Take a Tour this Thanksgiving // Marilyn Cadenbach

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