Thank you Tour de Turns for a Great 10 Years!

It Was a Good Run…I Mean a Good Ride and Walk!

We are so grateful to our dear friends Lane Holbert and Bob Carter who, for over 10 years, have gone above and beyond, dedicating countless hours and devotion to create and run the annual Tour de Turns cycling and walking event to benefit Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays. After 10 incredibly successful years and over $375,000 raised to fight hunger, Lane and Bob have decided it is time to step back and retire Tour de Turns. We cannot begin to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to make Tour de Turns such a unique and amazing event. We also wish to thank everyone who participated – riders, walkers, volunteers and sponsors for making it all possible. Each of you has made a significant impact in turning the corner on local hunger. 

THANK YOU FOR 10 GREAT YEARS!! 

See below for the full announcement from Lane Holbert

It Was a Good Run…I Mean a Good Ride and Walk!
After long and thoughtful consideration, Bob Carter and I have decided to end the annual Tour de Turns event. As many of you know, I (Lane Holbert) founded this event 10 years ago. Luckily, when my family and I moved to Blacksburg, VA (but I was and still am working in Charlotte), Bob Carter stepped up to assist me with the immensely time-consuming tasks required to make this event successful each year.
My original goal was to create an event that would become an annuity for local hunger non-profits. For many reasons, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays became the sole beneficiary the last several years. Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays has carefully evaluated continuing to run this event themselves. Unfortunately, they have determined they do not have the expertise and enough available staff hours to continue it at the same or similar level. If you know an individual, two or three that would like to lead the effort, we would love to hear from you!
It was a good run for the past ten years! Last year’s event netted over $117,000 and over the past 10 years it netted more than $375,000! Bob and I want to sincerely thank all the participants, volunteers and sponsors that made these results possible.
I personally want thank Bob Carter for his thousands of volunteer hours helping me co-lead this original and unique event. Without his help, Tour de Turns would have ended six or so years ago!
In addition to knowing that Tour de Turns made an impact on local hunger, I am also pleased to receive comments from so many riders that thank Tour de Turns for introducing them to safer road cycling routes. That would be “neighborhood” cycling routes!
Thanks,
Lane Holbert, Founder and Retired Route Master