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Virtual Tour de Fox FAQs
Why are the in-person Tour de Fox Series events canceled?
Due to COVID-19, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has canceled all in-person Tour de Fox events in 2020. Averting large gatherings is not only our civic responsibility to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus but is especially important given the potential increased risk to our audience. In place of our in-person Tour de Fox events, we are hosting a virtual cycling event on Saturday, August 29.
What does a “virtual” Tour de Fox event look like?
On August 29, Tour de Fox communities in the Pacific Northwest, Wine Country, Atlanta and beyond will ride together, but at various times and in different locations. Cyclists will create their own route and ride at the time that works best for them. We suggest mapping out and driving your route beforehand if possible, especially if you’re choosing roads you are unfamiliar with. Others will participate from home, getting their miles in on a stationary bike.
Fundraising opportunities remain the same: 100 percent of registration fees and fundraised dollars go directly to the Foundation's high-impact programs to speed new and improved therapies and end Parkinson's for good.
What will I receive if I register for the virtual Tour de Fox?
All registered participants will receive a Tour de Fox ride packet via mail. The packet will include a t-shirt, sticker, rider number, and materials from our sponsors. Shipments will begin in July and cyclists must register by August 16 to receive their packet before August 29.
In addition, we encourage all participants to fundraise. If you raise $500 ($550 CAD) or more, you will receive an official 2020 Tour de Fox cycling jersey (in addition to the ride packet)! Make sure to take pictures in your Tour de Fox swag and share on social media using #Tourdefox.
Is there a recognition program for the virtual event?
Yes! The top five individual and team fundraisers will be recognized on our website and receive awards after the event. If you’re curious how you match up, you can track the top fundraisers at the bottom of the Tour de Fox landing page, which is updated in real time.
I am not a cyclist, but still want to support The Michael J. Fox Foundation. What can I do?
We appreciate your support! You can still donate to the Tour de Fox Series by visiting tourdefox.org/donate and electing to support the virtual ride, an individual fundraiser or team. As always, 100 percent of all funds raised go to critical research to help speed a cure for Parkinson's disease. For other ways to get involved, please visit our website at michaeljfox.org.
Registered Participant FAQs
I registered for a 2020 Tour de Fox event prior to the announcement of the virtual Tour de Fox. Do I need to register again?
No. All currently registered participants for any 2020 Tour de Fox Series event are automatically registered for the virtual Tour de Fox event. If you do not wish to participate in the virtual Tour de Fox event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When should I expect to receive my ride packet?
Shipment of ride packets will begin in July.
Can I still fundraise on my existing individual/team page?
Yes! Your fundraising page will not change. You can still use the same link to share with your network and encourage friends and family (from all over the globe!) to join you virtually.
As a Team Captain, I want to update my team about the shift to a virtual event. What should I tell them?
Here’s some sample language to get you started:
Thank you for your hard work and dedication leading up to the Tour de Fox! As you may know, due to COVID-19, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has decided to cancel all in-person Tour de Fox events and transition to a virtual ride on Saturday, August 29.
Together or apart, I hope you’ll still join our team on August 29 to continue to ride toward a cure.
Please know that your hard work continues to make a difference, as 100 percent of the funds we raise as a team go directly to high-impact programs to end Parkinson’s disease for good.