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Gary Bonacker (TdC Founder)

Below you will find a handful of our favorite articles about spirit and  history of this great event. Now in our tenth year, Tour des Chutes is a proud piece of the local cancer community.

The story behind the Tour des Chutes (H. Clark, The Bulletin)

More Than 1000 Cyclists Raise $90,000 For Fight Against Cancer (S. Hammers, The Bulletin)

First For a Cause, Then For Her Father (P. Sachs, The Bulletin)

Cancer Survivor Ready For Tour des Chutes (H. Clark, The Bulletin)

Cancer Survivor Joins Bend Bike Ride (H. Clark, The Bulletin)

Bikers Take To Road For Research (H. Clark, The Bulletin)

Below you will find an assortment of heartfelt articles about Johanna and her family. These works are from sources near and far, as Johanna touched the lives of so many. This woman inspired all who were blessed by her presence. It’s fitting that her memory should do the same. We’re honored to have the opportunity to bring this wish to life with the Johanna Olson run, benefitting the Tour des Chutes’ Pediatric Foundation.

Bend woman keeps running (H. Hagemeier, Bend Bulletin)

For Johanna Olson, Every Second Counted (M. Lobby, espnW)

Athlete Spotlight – Johanna Olson (J. Slinde, USA Track & Field)

Remembering Johanna (Staff Report, Twin Cities In Motion)

Johanna Olson Family Obituary (Marney Olson)

Johanna Olson Obituary

At DESCHUTES BREWERY in downtown Bend! 6-8 PM @ 1044 NW Bond St., Bend, OR

Online Registration NOW OPEN!

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Join riders and runners and register early for this event that’s sure to sell out. We’re kicking it off at the Deschutes Brewery Public House in downtown Bend. Every registrant will receive a complimentary pint, even if you registered early. Appetizers, live music, and  some great raffle prizes. Don’t miss out on this amazing event!

This year’s event included a huge Party Pack with four opportunities to gather with a supportive community of cyclists and runners. Thank you Worthy Brewing and Deschutes Brewery as well as the amazing bands who donated their time to entertain us.

Kick-Off Celebration at Deschutes Brewery – April

Pre-Event Party @ Worthy Brewing on Friday before the event.

Post-Ride Party on Saturday, with Burrito Bar from Longboard Louies, featured Wild Rye, returning again to the joy of the day.  Wild Rye is led by Susan Bonacker, wife of TdC founder, Gary. This year, we welcomed two new groups: Wampus Cats, featuring Matt and Rachel Wilson. and 7Patterson, an entire league of enthusiastic and eclectic group of musicians and song writers whose music is entertaining and engaging.

After Party Celebration @ NWCrossing Farmer’s Market.  The After Party Celebration included live music by Parlour, food vendors and TAPS Mobile Pub with beverages for all ages.

Cyclists and Runners, received a free beer at all events where alcohol is served.




Nonprofit to help kids with cancer

New Pediatric Foundation will receive funds from Tour des Chutes


By Markian Hawryluk / The Bulletin
Last modified: June 27. 2013 9:54AM PST

Over a three-and-a-half year period, Pat and Jim Stone made the drive from La Pine to Portland for their son’s cancer treatment 60 to 70 times.

Matthew Stone, 18, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2005. For the first three months, they traveled to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital every week, and while the trips became less frequent, the costs continued to add up.

Read complete story on the Bend Bulletin website…

The 9th annual Tour des Chutes will be held July 13th, 2013. Registration will open February
1st. We are able to increase registration to 1,500 riders, an increase of 100 riders over last
year.We expect to fill, so register early to ensure your spot in the festivities!

BEND, OR, July 13th, 2013- The 9th annual Tour des Chutes will feature rides of 100, 75, 50, 25 or 7
miles in length. All will begin and end at High Lakes Elementary School in NW Crossing.

In 2012, the Tour des Chutes attracted over 1,400 riders of all levels. It is more than a July cycling
event; it is a celebration of life and cancer survivorship, as well as a remembrance of those who have
passed on from this disease.

Tour des Chutes is not a bike race, it is a ride for the entire community. Bend resident, business owner
and cancer survivor Gary Bonacker founded TdC in 2005 to fund St Charles Cancer Center Survivorship
Programs, an education and support program for survivors throughout Central Oregon. In Gary’s own
words, “Tour des Chutes has a different meaning for the riders. The ride gives you time to reflect on
where you are in life, the full meaning of being a part of this world and time to reflect on the people
you love.  People love to stay after the ride for hours, talking with friends, meeting new friends and
just enjoying the moment”.

The 2012 Tour des Chutes donated $75,000. to St Charles Cancer Center Survivorship Programs and
$20,000. to LiveStrong. In 2013 we look forward to continue supporting our local cancer survivorship
programs with an even larger check. Our sponsors from previous years are recommitting and new
sponsors are already showing their support!

Participants may register as an individual or family. A family consists of two adults and up to four
children under the age of 15. Registration opens February 1st online at:
or at Sunnyside Sports, 930 NW Newport Ave. Bend, OR.