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Bike for Trees

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Registration is open for America's largest fundraiser for tree research, the 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees, which this year starts in Chicago.
The weeklong cycling event starts in Millennium Park July 18, travels west to Iowa and loops back to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The registration fee is $100 until June 1 and $125 from June 2 until July 5.
To participate in the tour, riders must raise a minimum of $3,500, which will be applied toward tree research grants and scholarships.
For those who can't do the whole week, this year the Tour offers a one-day "Ride for Research" on Saturday, July 24, with visits to Fermilab and the Morton Arboretum. The registration fee is $75 and includes lunch, entrance to the Arboretum, and a donation to the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund.
Last year's Tour, which started from New York City, raised nearly half a million dollars. To register, go to
STIHL makes saws and is a top supplier to the tree care industry, according to Mary DiCarlo, fund development specialist.

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I can not even begin to express how excited I am to be a participant in The 2010 Tour de Trees! It's my 1st year and I'm pretty sure it will become an addiction for me too. Check out the posts on the Rider's Gallery on the Tour de Trees web site. Everyone has a story to tell. This is a BIG DEAL! Think of the accomplishment of 500 miles and The Tree Fund is a great cause!

I'm signing up for the whole week. This is my 11th Tour des Trees -- watch out, this tree/bike thing is addictive! Mostly it's the people from all sorts of backgrounds who bring me back -- and seeing different parts of America at a bicycling pace. Would love to meet a bunch of Chicagoland's finest for that one-day ride on July 24th. The more the merrier, and you can't beat the price! What could be better than reducing your carbon footprint by bicycling AND promoting science-based tree care in our communities?! Check it out!

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