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El Tour de Emmert

OV businessman training for Tucson’s biggest cycling event

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Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:00 am

Paul Emmert’s training journal reflects his dedication to his cause – training for El Tour de Tucson.

“Still training hard, covered another 48 miles yesterday.” And from another email about his schedule: “Got home late yesterday and logged another 20 miles or so, but today was even better, nearly 70.”

Emmert is competing in this weekend’s El Tour de Tucson for a number of reasons. His health, for one.

Emmert used to be 40 pounds heavier. The professional airline pilot found an eating program that worked for him. He regained his health, became a certified professional health coach, and a co-owner of Alive Fitness and Training Center in Oro Valley. This go-getter has since completed marathons and recently climbed the 14,410-foot Mount Rainier in Washington State.

Driven by his desire to lead a well-rounded, healthy life, he took on another challenge – riding a hybrid bike called an ElliptiGo. It’s a two-wheeled bike that looks like an elliptical machine and is capable of moving at 30 mph or more.

Emmert’s goal is to ride the entire 111-mile course on his ElliptoGo. He will be one of only a handful of cyclists to compete using the unique machine.

El Tour also allows Emmert to help local children in need.

“Casa de Los Niños of Tucson is my family’s favorite charity/nonprofit organization. They do a terrific job providing shelter to abused and abandoned kids — children who don’t have a choice, and are in difficult circumstances,” Emmert said.

As of Nov. 14, Emmert has raised $1,330 of his $2,000 goal.

To follow Emmert’s progress, visit his website at http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/livefitorovalley/eltourdetucson.

El Tour & Traffic

The 29th El Tour de Tucson will take over roadways in a ring around Tucson this Saturday once it begins at 7 a.m. from Church and Pennington streets, north of the Tucson Convention Center.

Motorists in the Northwest area should expect delays if they’re traveling near or along the race route, with only one road closure expected in Oro Valley and none expected in Marana.

“In Marana, drivers may have to stop and wait for cyclists to pass by but there will be no road closures,” said Rodney Campbell, the town’s public information officer. “We want to maintain some flow to the traffic.”

He asked drivers to be patient if they have to travel along the race route.

In Oro Valley, drivers should avoid the intersection of Oracle Road and North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, said Misti Nowak, Oro Valley’s communications administrator, since the site at nearby 2090 E. Innovation Park Drive will be the staging area for the Sanofi Aventis-Lantus El Tour 42-mile race event.

To accommodate that leg of the race, which starts at 12:30 p.m., East Innovation Park Drive will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Tangerine and North Rancho Vistoso roads, Nowak said.

Racers will enter Northwest Tucson by traveling west along Skyline Boulevard onto Ina Road, and then heading north on Oracle Road past Catalina State Park. Riders will then take North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard around to Moore Drive, where they’ll head west to Thornydale Road, and then south.

Racers will then travel west on Tangerine Road past Interstate 10, where they’ll wind south to Avra Valley Road, with a quick jog onto Airline Road to Lambert, on their way south on Silverbell Road past Ina Road, and back into Tucson.

For more information, including a course map, visit: http://www.pbaa.com/!ETT/ETThome.html.


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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

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Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

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Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

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Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

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Girls Volleyball

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Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

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Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

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