January 26, 2016 -- Cyclists will line up at City Hall on Sunday, March 20, as the annual Tour De Houston Presented by Apache Corporation kicks off to benefit the Re-Plant Houston Program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The ride begins and ends at City Hall with the first start at 7:30 a.m. (70 mile route) followed by another at 8 a.m. (45 mile route) and 8:30 a.m. (20 mile route). Route lengths are approximate. Mayor Sylvester Turner will be on hand to start and ride in the event and Senator Rodney Ellis will ride along with participants. .
“Thanks to the Apache Corporation for their on-going support and generosity in helping to reforest our parks and open spaces”, said Mayor Turner. “I can’t think of a better way for Houstonians to get outside, get fit and see our beautiful city. With both a ride and a run, there’s something for everyone.”
Tour de Houston is part of the Mayor’s Wellness Weekend which also includes the 39th Annual Bayou City Classic.
For those who prefer to leave the bike at home and run, the Bayou City Classic Presented by Apache Corporation will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 19 at City Hall looping through Downtown and along portions of Allen Parkway with a finisher’s shirt and post-race party at the finish line. Proceeds from the 10K Race and the family-friendly 5K Fun Run & Walk will be donated to The Houston Parks Board for trees.
“Apache is honored to once again serve as title sponsor for the Tour de Houston and Bayou City Classic benefitting the city’s reforestation efforts,” said John Christmann, Apache CEO and President. “We are proud to partner with the City of Houston to create the Mayor’s Wellness Weekend and further our commitment to the environment through restoring Houston parks. Since 2005, Apache has awarded 4 million trees to cities throughout the United States and of these; more than 100,000 trees have been planted in Houston parks to restore the city’s tree canopy.”
Now in its 11th year, the Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is the perfect outdoor event for all cyclist levels, from the leisure rider to cycling competitors, and it is a recommended BP MS150 training ride. The event is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants. Along the route, riders will find fully-stocked rest stops, mechanical support, along with police and medical support. The ride will culminate with a post-ride party at City Hall for participants and volunteers with live music and lunch.
Registration Fee Schedule:
- Advanced Registration – ongoing through January 29, $30 adults
- Pre-Registration - January 30 - February 18, $35
- Registration - February 19 - March 19 until 4pm, $40
- Onsite event registration: March 20 is $40.00 - CASH OR CHECK ONLY
- Ages 12 and under is $20.00 for the duration
More details including packet pick-up and schedules for pre-registered riders can be found at www.tourdehouston.org.
For more information and to register for the Bayou City Classic Presented by Apache Corporation, please visitwww.bayoucityclassic.org by March 18. Day of race registration is available for 5K participants; however there will be no 10k registration available on the morning of the race. Wheelchair participants begin the 10k at 7:50 a.m. Runners and walkers begin the 10k at 8:00 a.m. All 5k participants start at 8:10 a.m.
Tour de Houston Sponsors include: Title Sponsor Apache Corporation, Michelob Ultra, Sun & Ski, Houston Coca-Cola, Corner Bakery, Houston Chronicle, The Eagle, 106.9/107.5, KSBJ-God Listens, BP MS150, Sparkletts, KIND, Houston Avocado Company, the Kolache Factory and multiple City Departments. The event is produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Funds raised will benefit the city’s reforestation program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. For more information call832.393.0868.
Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt and the United Kingdom. Apache posts announcements, operational updates, investor information and copies of all press releases on its website, www.apachecorp.com, and on its Media and Investor Center mobile application, which is available for free download from theApple App Store and the Google Play Store. To learn more about the apache tree grant program, please visitwww.apachelovestrees.com.