ECHO held its second Tour de ECHO on Saturday, nearly quadrupling its fundraising from the first event last year.
As of Monday, the nonprofit counted more than $34,500 in fundraising from 102 riders and 12 sponsors and other donors. Last year, the Tour de ECHO brought in 63 riders and two sponsors and raised over $9,000.
The tour took cyclists along the W&OD Trail, ending at Bike TrAle Brewing. Serious and not-so-serious cyclists took on a variety of routes, from a family 5-miler to a 63-mile metric century. Riders then imbibed Bike TrAle Brewing’s “Suffering Saison,” of which a portion of the proceeds went to ECHO, and ate barbecue from Red Hot & Blue and music from the band Nailed It.
The event was sponsored by the Dulles Greenway and K2M. K2M sent a team of 19 employees to cycle and volunteer.
MJLStudios provided event photography. Other sponsors included Blossom and Bloom Thrift Shop, Cardinal Management Group, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Fairhaven Homes, Janelia Research Campus, Little Proposal Shop, Joy Fletcher of Pearson Smith Realty, Heather Lacroix, and Jerry and Mary Kirkpatrick.
DT Racing of District Taco provided a crew of cyclists to marshal and shape the tour, and District Taco, Haymarket Bicycles Studio, Haymarket Bicycles, Firehouse Subs One Loudoun, Nando’s PERi-PERi, Blue Ridge Grill, Tarara Winery and YummyPig donated raffle items.
The Tour de ECHO Award Winners included team fundraising champion ATCS, PLC and individual fundraising champion Rene Ramos.
ECHO, formerly Every Citizen Has Opportunity, was established in 1974 to offer vocational training, community integration, and comprehensive, individualized disability employment.All proceeds from the event support ECHO’s work with skill building, job placement and transportation for people with disabilities.