Gary Bonacker and Leslie Cogswell on Tuesday, October 14, awarded the St Charles Foundation an $85,000 grant to be used specifically to fund their Cancer Care and Survivorship Programs. These programs serve adults throughout the region through the efforts of the St Charles Foundation. Click here for a list of programs.

St. Charles administrators and the Tour des Chutes team thanked TdC sponsors, volunteers and two thousand event participants for making this donation possible. They also discussed plans for the 11th annual event coming in July of 2015.

Big check (800x400)Gary with roses (800x800) G_L_John Jepson (800x531)  St Charles Admin (800x647)

TdC's Gary B!


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

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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…